Water can be incredibly damaging to a property, affecting everything from the fabric of the home – wallpaper, plasterwork, and carpets – to expensive electrical items such as computers and hi-fi equipment.
Unfortunately, many leaks can go unnoticed until they start causing real problems, so follow our guide to making sure this doesn’t happen to you.
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Note: If you have an older property, you may have a shared water supply, which could give the impression of a leak when in fact it is just your neighbour using their water.
You can read more about checking for leaks in this way at Anglian Water’s website and Southern Water’s site or find your own water provider here.
If you don’t have a meter, you will need to carry out a more thorough search of your property to establish if you have a leak.
Watch Southern Water’s video on checking for leaks but if you need to contact your water company, make sure you contact the relevant supplier by checking here.
Sometimes a leak is so severe that there is no doubt about its source, for example if you accidentally damage a water pipe while carrying out DIY on your home. Other times, the leak may not become apparent immediately, but you can check for signs using the methods outlined above.
The steps for dealing with a leak are largely the same, although in an emergency make the plumber your first call. However, if the leak is not causing any immediate damage, eg if it outside, you will not need to drain the system and may wish to call your insurance company first as they could require you to use their approved contractors.
Blocked gutters can also lead to water damage. See Aspect.co.uk’s guide to unblocking a gutter here.
If you are living in a rental property, instead of calling a plumber, call the emergency number you were given by your landlord or letting agent.
If you need any help finding a plumber or want to discuss a problem with your property, please get in touch with Propertychecklists.co.uk. We are a small company but will do our best to help.