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Hidden Leaks

Do you know leaks, especially if hidden, are very dangerous? And do you know that leaks can cost you up to hundreds and thousands of dollars in repair quotations? It is thus very important to recognise the warning signs of a hidden leak to prevent costly structural damage to your home.

As leaks get worse over some time, they can begin to cause intensive damage to your property and subsequently increase the amount you pay for your water bills. Healthwise, leaks can be harmful to your family's health as they are the cause of mould and mildew.

Contact Emergency Plumber Camden to get the leaks in your home fixed!

Is It Possible To Have A Hidden Leak?

In case of doubts, it is safe to clarify that it is very much possible to have a hidden leak. It could be in the least expected places and at the most unexpected time. The burning question is, thus, how can you find out and determine if and when the professional help of a plumber is needed?

Below are our plumber's tips and professional guidelines on some telltale signs to look out for and how you can keep your plumbing leak issues to a minimum with constant checks.

Signs To Look How For

Quite a lot of plumbing problems that cause water waste in the home are as a result of unnoticeable slow leaks in pipes, fixtures, appliances and others.

We have outlined some guidelines to follow when checking for leaks and we have emphasised the most common places for this occurrence.

Make Sure To Regularly Compare Your Water Bills

If you notice a water bill hike without any significant cause or change of household routine, then that can be a sign that you may have a leak somewhere. Hence, each time a water bill is delivered on your doorstep, be sure to compare it against the previous bill. If there are no irrational increase in the bill, then the odds are you may not have a leak and vice versa.

Let Your Water Meter Be Your Guide

This is another way to detect a leaking pipe. Your water meter can be your guide. Whenever you notice an unexplained or unusually high increase in your bill, it could be pointing to a hidden leak in your home, office, etc.

It is best advisable to carry out a water meter test when you are at home alone.

  • Temporarily stop the usage of all water sources for a minimum of three hours. This will include both indoor and outside appliances and fixtures such as showers, taps, washing machines, toilets, dishwashers and your garden sprinkler systems.
  • Next, note down the number on your water meter, or you can take a picture of the number using your phone.
  • Then you have to wait for at least three hours.
  • When the time set is up, you go back to check your water meter again. Now, if your water meter has continued to tick away, it is most likely that you have a case of a hidden leak.
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Now That You Know That You Probably Have A Hidden Leak, How Do You Put It Under Control?

Here is what to look out for when you want to detect a hidden plumbing leak;

The first and commonplace to check should be your visible pipes, sinks, dishwashers, toilets, washing machine, showers, sprinkler and irrigation systems. When you notice drips, puddles or soft spots on or around these fixtures, it could be a leak that needs to be repaired, and you should call a plumber to do the work.

Also, sagging floors or walls, or stained, mouldy wallpaper or ceilings or even musty, earthy smells may be indications of a leak.

Also, some other critical problems such as leaks behind walls that can slowly cause damage to the infrastructure of your home should be taken care of as soon as possible.


Do you know that 30% of your family's water usage can be accounted for in your toilets? Consequently, this can increase even more if there is a leak in your toilet. A simple test to detect if you have a leak in your toilet is to add food colouring to your toilet tank and wait for about ten minutes. If that colour becomes visible in the toilet bowl within the span of those ten minutes, then you most likely have a leak from the tank to your toilet drain.

Usually, this type of toilet leak is caused when the rubber seals in your toilet are getting worn out. You will need to replace them, and you can certainly trust us to help you with fixing that.

Baths, Taps, Sinks And Shower Heads.

To detect any leakage in these fixtures, you have to check under basins and around sinks for signs of mould or any earthy musty smells. Houses that are over two and a half decades may have plumbing issues as plumbing systems decline over time. If your home is over 25 years, then you should be more alert in your check.

Furthermore, ensure that you always completely close the taps of your showers or baths as a slow drip can gradually waste a large volume of water over time, so you should consider replacing any old taps in your home.

Call our expert plumbers to help out with installations and repairs of your bathroom fixtures.

Water Heaters

Some obvious signs of a possible water leak can be when you find water puddles around your water heater(s). Also, check for oxidation or corrosion in the connections of the water heater. These are signs that would necessitate for you to call us to get it properly inspected.

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Dishwashers And Washing machines.

Do you know that a leak in your dishwasher or washing machine hose can quickly become a big problem when it breaks? That is why you would need to replace the hoses as soon as possible so that the problem does not become more expensive than it ought to.

Also, ensure you check the pumps, hoses and valves on your appliances for oxidation or discolouration as these are signs of leaks.

Stained, Sagging Or Damaged Walls, Ceilings Or Flooring.

Hidden leaks can cause rippling, warping, sagging or staining on all home ceilings walls and floors from surrounding pipes near those areas. You will probably need to our plumber if you cannot access those areas to get to the leak and see the cause. The early repair of a leak will reduce the risk of extra expensive damage.

Don’t let this damage get out of hands. Call us right away!

Stained, Blistered, Chipping Crackling, Or Bubbling Up Wallpaper And Paint.

Do you know that the steam from your bath and shower area shouldn’t normally cause discolouration, crackling or bubbling up in the paint or wallpaper of your home? If you notice any of these, it may be caused as a result of water seeping in from behind its surface. It is advisable to contact a professional plumber to help to reduce any extra damage and costs.

Emergency Plumber Camden is your best bet in this situation. With just a call to us, your system will be back to life.

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Warping Plaster, Drywall, Wood Panels Or Baseboard.

When these structural materials are wet or dampened over a long period, they can become soft and warped, just like wood. When you observe abnormalities in the flatness and texture of a wall and its structural materials, it could be a sign of hidden leaks.

Mould, Mildew And Funny Smells?

It is quite usual to find mould and mildew in shower corners but check for mould and mildew on non-shower walls or in unusual areas where it doesn't usually appear because this could be a sign of a plumbing leak. Mould and mildew thrive in dark, moist places; hence, a hidden leak in your walls is a potential breeding area for them.

It is true that old water that is kept and accumulated smells stale and earthy but if you have washed your bath and shower areas and they still smell musty, then you probably have a hidden leak somewhere.

If A Particular Room Is Cooler Than The Others?

Do you know water removes heat from the atmosphere even faster than air? Hence, if you observe that a room is usually staying cooler than the rest of your home, it could be because of an area of dampness that is bringing down the warmth sensation.

Are Your Light Switches Letting Out Sparks?

If you observe any sparks or hear crackles when you turn on or off your lights, turning off the electricity supply to that area is needed then contact a professional for assistance as soon as you can because this can be extremely dangerous and could even be lethal via electrocution.

Do You Hear Dripping Sounds?

If you hear any faint dripping sounds when everything in your house is quiet, then you probably have a plumbing leak somewhere in your home. You can also listen for any faint sounds and if you hear similar drip sounds, seek it out as soon as possible and do not allow a little leak to grow into a major plumbing problem.

Contact us as soon as you can on 020 31371718 to eliminate the water drips.

And What If You Still Can Not Find The Leak?

If you have properly checked all your fixtures, appliances and fittings and you have also checked for stained or sagging flooring and walls or stained, mouldy wallpaper or ceilings or even musty, earthy smells that have not given you a clue as to where your hidden leak is, then it is high time you called in the professionals.

We will be there as soon as possible to carry out the checks.

Do You Have Hidden Plumbing Leaks?

Do you need help with any leaks, drips or any other plumbing problems? Our team of Emergency Plumbers are available to carry out repairs and maintenance services around Camden and its environs.

Do not hesitate to call us - Emergency Plumber Camden - on 020 31371718 for help with any leaks, drips or other plumbing problems.

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