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How to Best Find a Water Leak


Steps to Find a Water Leak

It is absolutely essential when searching for a water leak that you follow a process. If you do not follow a process, then (a) the finding of the leak can be chaotic and random, with luck playing a part and (b) you risk not finding something that you would otherwise have seen! So what are some of the mains steps to find a water leak…

The 5 stages of our service

Step 1 – Preparation, Preparation, Preparation!

As the old phrase goes, ‘Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail!’ and we agree with that. Before getting someone to your property to find a leak, it is important to discuss your case in advance. All properties are unique, as are their heating & plumbing, layout, contents and location of leaks. That is why we offer a free consultation process before we start!

Step 2 – The Right Tools and Experience

On top of that, we make sure we have the best tools for the job. We want to make sure that, wherever possible, we use non-invasive techniques to find a water leak. Why?..

We do not want to cause any damage to your property, unless it’s necessary to access somewhere where we strongly suspect (based upon manifested evidence) it will help locate your water leak. Clearly, once we have located a leak, we will need to access it (for example in a floor, wall or ceiling) so that we can see it and it can be fixed.

Step 3 – A Methodical & Thorough Approach

As we said at the start, it is critical to follow a process to find a water leak.

All Rainbow International Leak Detection Specialist Engineers are trained to find a water leak in a thorough, efficient and safe way. We follow strict safety guidelines and always carry out a risk assessment for each job to identify and minimise risks wherever possible.

This process also includes looking for other potential water leaks that you may not be aware of. For example, if copper pipe has decayed in a concrete slab leak and caused a leak. Then there is an increased chance that will have occurred elsewhere too.

Step 4 – Locating and Accessing the Leak

Clearly the main aim of Water Leak Detection work is to find a water leak! And we have an excellent track record of finding leaks that exist in properties. We want to collect information and date that helps to pinpoint where a leak is – wherever possible using multiple pieces of evidence. That means that when we access the leak, we are as confident as we can be that it will be in the right location.

Find a Water Leak - Thermal Imaging
Finding a Water Leak – Thermal Imaging

Step 5 – The Follow-up Process

This is an absolutely essential part of the process. We do not just leave a job once a leak is found, we do everything we can to fix a leak too.

We also follow up the visit with a detailed, professional report for you so that you can see what we have done, and should you wish, use it to claim with your insurance company through the trace and access part of your insurance policy.

Rainbow International has branches all over the UK so if you want to find a water leak and you live in England. Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland – get in touch with us today.

Rainbow International is the UKs leading Damage Management company with a reputation for delivering an excellent customer service in all aspects of our work. So if you want to find a water leak in your property, get in touch with us today!

What is the best way to find a water leak?

There are many different ways of finding water leaks and our guide above sets out our preferred process. However, there is not one single best tool or device to find a water leak, it is a combination of things according to each individual case.

How do you tell if a pipe is leaking in a wall?

Leaking pipes in a wall are a fairly common cause of water leaks and, clearly in most cases they are hidden water leaks. There are some signs of a water leak you can look for, however, if you are struggling to find a water leak, get in touch with us and we will help and advise you.

How do you tell if a pipe is leaking in a ceiling?

Again, water leaks in ceilings are a common place to find leaks. People often spot this after noticing a damp patch on ceilings or also ceiling water damage stains above them. Quite often we can look from below at the ceiling and the floor from above – for example to find a leak under floorboards.

What is causing my shower to leak?

We have a detailed article on shower leaks, particularly on when you get a shower leaking through a ceiling which is fairly common. Logo by Rainbow International by Rainbow International