Leaks in your home: everything you need to know

30 Nov 2016

Leaks in your home: everything you need to know

Burst pipes can be absolutely devastating no matter the size, shape or age of your house. With this being said, it’s also worth noting that they are one of the most common plumbing problems within homes across the country. Understanding why pipes burst can help you to prevent the problem, potentially saving you a great deal money.

What about water wastage? According to research, the typical home can lose anywhere between 2,000 to 20,000 gallons of water each year because of leaks.

Our experienced workforce has dealt with a vast range of leaks throughout our history of helping our customers, allowing us to pass on this useful information to help you today.

What causes pipes to leak?

There are several reasons why pipes can leak. Some of the most common reasons are:

  • Old age: as the years go by, the pipes become more and more worn, leading to leaks naturally occurring.
  • Damage: some pipes or fittings can become damaged, which leads to water leaking.
  • Misuse: if your plumbing system has been set up incorrectly with pipes being installed wrong, then this may cause leakage.

In some situations, a leak down your wall or ceiling may come from a pipe that has actually burst; but it could also be a downpour of water. This can often be caused by:

  • Freezing conditions: common in winter amongst poorly insulated pipes, the water in the pipes freezes, causing the pipes to expand and burst.
  • Corrosion: materials used pre-1970 often include steel, which may corrode and lead to your pipes bursting.
  • Tree roots: it is not uncommon for tree roots to wrap around the pipes that sit underground, under and around your home. The pressure from the tightness of the roots causes the pipes to burst.

How can I spot a leak?

Some leaks can go unnoticed for quite sometime, especially when they are under the floors or behind thick walls. Some leaks will be visible because water will be physically leaking through your wall or ceiling, or from the pipes that are on show.

However, if this isn’t the case you can find whether you have a leak by first ensuring that no water is being used inside or outside of your house. Next, locate your water meter and take a meter reading. In an hour, without using more water, check the meter again. Any increase will suggest there is a leak in your home.

I think I have a leak in my house – what do I do?

Prevention is key, but sometimes the problem has already passed that stage. This is where you must act QUICK.

At RTM services we will visit your home and provide you with a no-obligation free estimate to fix the problem at hand. Using the highest quality materials combined with an efficient service, your leaks will be resolved in no time.

Working hand in hand with insurance companies


We work with insurance companies; so if you do have a leak, enjoy peace of mind that we will take care of all of the paperwork for you.

Need help quick? Give us a call on our free phone 0800 955 8995 or contact us here.





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