Leaking pipes can cause chaos, whether a leisurely stable leak that rots a patch of carpet or floorboards before it’s detected, or a unexpected, dramatic flow of water that requires emergency concentration.

There are key actions that you can take to detect and cure a drawback before it turns into a major cost – or worse causes harm to other parts of your home. Solving any leak matter in the first occurrence, particularly if you are renovating, is the best practice.

Water may be oozing out of one place, running along a pipe for some distance and appearing somewhere entirely different. Check for mouldy areas, or areas that simply look or smell damp. It may be necessary to remove floor coverings or wall boards to reveal the source of a leak.

It’s just as significant to check the integrity of other structures that have been exposed to dampness for a period of time as it is to repair actual leaks. Such items may have seriously rotted and therefore need replacing.

For the really subtle leaks you’ll almost positively need an expert plumber with specialized detection equipment. If you’re particularly confident with DIY plumbing you might resent the expense, however professional plumbing equipment can very efficiently reduce harm to your home.

Do not use any water and make note of the water. Do not use the water for one hour. If the meter shows any water usage at the end of the hour, you almost certainly have a leak somewhere. On the other hand, very tiny leaks may not be detected in this way, so, obviously, the longer you can leave your water disconnected, the more helpful the test will be at recognizing troubles.

There are a few key steps to follow if you do decide to DIY leak fix:

Once the leak has been identified, clear the area around the pipe, and clean the pipe thoroughly

Turn off the mains water to your home

Joins are common sites of leakage. For a join leak, undo the join, clean it thoroughly, and repair with plumber’s tape around the seal before re-joining. Check that parts are the correct size, and that corrosion on metal pipes or cracks on plastic ones have not compromised the join.

For cracks or holes in metal or plastic pipes, purchase the correct putty, sealant and tape from a hardware outlet or plumbing supplier, and carefully reseal the damage