Water Leak Detection FAQs

What are the main causes of water leakage?

Many factors can contribute to the cause of water leakage, the most common causes include; deterioration or shifting, temperature change, unregulated water pressure, clogs, poor installation and poor soil conditions.

What impact can a water leakage have on my property?

Water leaks can cause several issues that can have serious consequences on your property. Every leak, no matter the size, requires attention to eliminate potential damage. Problems that can occur include mould and fungal growth, structural damage, an increase in water bills and a decrease in property value. 

Do I need a water leak detection company or can I do it myself?

There are a number of signs that can help you detect a leak yourself, these include; the increase in water bills, cracks on your walls and floors, a decrease in water pressure and wet and mouldy floors. Although these are signs you can look out for it is recommended you contact a professional when the leak is a lot more difficult to detect. We have state-of-the-art technology that will help us detect your leak as soon as possible. We can find and repair your leak within 24 hours.  

 

What water leak detection methods will be used to detect the leak?

There are many different methods to locating a leak, our specialists use the latest technology to help detect your leak as quickly as possible. Our thermal imaging camera helps pinpoint the exact location of your leakit can be used to find hidden leaks under floors, behind walls, in flat roofs and ceilings. Our team are also highly trained in using acoustic leak detection, this piece of equipment has a basic microphone that allows us to listen for the leak.  

How much is the water leak detection process likely to cost?

Every job is different, therefore it is difficult to estimate a cost, however on inspection, our team will try their best to guide you with an estimated cost. 

Once the water leak is detected will Leak Specialist Company fix the issue?

We offer a repair service, once we have detected the leak, we will begin the repair process immediately and will aim to repair your leak within 24 hours with as little disruption as possible to your property.  

If the water leak is left undetected what issues can it cause?

Hidden leaks left undetected can become a costly problem, if left untreated, leaks can result in major water and structural damage, toxic mould and mildew, warped walls and doors, damaged flooring and expensive utility bills. If you suspect a leak, it is important to call a professional as soon as possible to minimise any further damage to your property.

What guarantee do I have that you can detect my leak?

Our professionals are highly trained, have many years’ experience and use state-of-the-art equipment to help detect and repair your leak. Although all jobs are different, we will try our best to locate and repair your leak within 24 hours.

How long does water leak detection usually take?

All jobs are different, therefore it is difficult to estimate how long the detection of a leak will take. However, with our state-of-the-art technology, our team will try their best to detect and repair your leak within 24 hours. 

How do I dry my home or business after a leak is repaired?

When we find and repair your leak we will do so with as minimal disruption as possible. Once we have finished there are a few things you can do to help dry out your homeCirculating air is crucial with water damage, open windows, doors and set up fans to help circulate air through the space. Remove any wet or damaged items but don’t forget to keep them for inspection.

What areas do you cover? 

We provide our leak detection and repair services throughout all of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Due to our geographical location (Co Fermanagh), we are ideally located to travel to; Donegal, Tyrone, Derry / LondonDerry, Antrim, Armagh, Down, Louth, Monaghan, Meath, Dublin, Cavan, Leitrim, Longford, Roscommon and Sligo for urgent repairs.

Does home insurance cover water leaks?

Yes, if you have the correct cover, most home insurance policies will cover water leaks and damage, however, it is best to contact your insurer to review your policy. 

You will need to identify whether your insurance covers: 

  • the cost of finding the leak 
  • the cost of repairing the leak 
  • the cost of the water damage, e.g. to the property or possessions 
  • the cost of repairing any damage caused whilst accessing the leak 

How do I prevent a leak in my property? 

Cold weather is one of the main reasons why your plumbing may become damaged. When water freezes it expands and can lead to pipes cracking or splitting. Prevention is better than cure, and there are several measures to help prevent leakage, especially in cold weather: 

  • ensure all pipes in cold and enclosed areas are insulated properly and keep your outside taps wrapped up if they aren’t insulated.
  • check all the outlets in your home for drips and puddles, if you locate a leak, make repairs immediately to prevent further damage.
  • have your boiler serviced regularly if not, this can cause leaks to freeze and cause breakdown to your boiler which will result in costly repairs.
  • leave your heating on for longer periods of time at lower settings and circulate the heat into your attic by leaving the trap door open or leaving the light on, this will give you the best protection against frozen pipes.  

For more information click on the links below from NI Water and Irish Water IE. 

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