Gas and water leaks are stressful. Property and possibly safety are at risk. Knowing how to find quality leak repairs can save you time, money and worry.
More than 17 billion litres of water move through the water system in the UK each day. Leaks are inevitable but repairing them promptly and properly helps keep costs and inconvenience to a minimum.
Household gas leaks are dangerous. In addition to the gas being highly flammable, it releases carbon monoxide (CO) into the air. This colourless, poisonous gas can quickly make people and pets ill and kills about 7 people per year.
Here’s what you need to know about detecting and repairing water and gas leaks to keep homes and businesses safe and dry.
Not all water leaks provide the tell-tale drip, drip, drip.
Other do-it-yourself water leak detection methods include:
- If you have easy access to your water meter, check the reading before a three-hour window when you know no water will be used. Check the meter again. If there is any change in the reading, there is a leak.
- Your monthly bill can also indicate a problem. If the cost spikes for no known reason, there might be a hidden leak in your pipes.
- Toilets are a common source of water leakage. For this kind of water leak detection, put a few drops of food colouring in the toilet tank. Check the bowl 15 minutes later. If there is any colour in the toilet bowl, there is a leak.
- Noticing the development of rust or mould near pipes.
A qualified professional has other tools for finding hidden water leaks.
Natural gas is odorless by nature. To help with gas leak detection, suppliers add the compound mercaptan to give it a distinctive and somewhat unpleasant odor.
Another way to detect a gas leak is to install and maintain carbon monoxide detectors.
Qualified professionals may also have air testing equipment and other tools to help detect and locate gas leaks.
Note: If you suspect a gas leak in your home or business, shut off the source (if you have access) and remove flammable materials before calling for repair.
Finding Quality Leak Repair Service
Before hiring someone to repair your water or gas leak, here are the steps you can take to find a qualified professional:
- Check the Gas Safe Register. Any gas installation business undertaking commercial installation or maintenance of a gas appliance in the UK must be registered with Gas Safe.
- For water leak repair, verify that the repair person is in good standing with the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).
- In addition to reading online reviews, ask to speak to 2-3 previous customers. The best question to ask: “Would you hire this service provider again?“
- Ask trusted friends and family for the name of a gas or water leak repair service they found satisfactory.
Discovering you have a water or gas leak is never pleasant. However, if you do your homework, you can save time and money and get quality service and repair.
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