A leak on your plumbing or heating system can be very costly if not found and fixed promptly! It may start out as a small, harmless weep on a pipe or fitting, but this can easily lead to a more aggressive leak that can cause serious damage to your home! If you notice any staining on your ceilings or think you can hear running or dripping water under your floor boards, you can contact us on 086 810 0071 at any stage and we will do our best to be with you as soon as possible.
I have listed a few simple self checks below that you can check in your own house to ensure you can prevent any leaks. You can click on the words in bold for more info.
1. First thing to check is your cold water storage tanks in your attic! Make sure these are plastic tanks and not the old steel tanks! Steel tanks should have been done away with years ago. These are prone to rusting which will lead to tanks leaking and causing serious damage to your home. In many cases your insurance will not even cover you if a steel tank bursts, as they are meant to have been replaced a long time ago.
2. Next on the check list is your hot water cylinder. If you have an old hot water cylinder that has a lagging jacket, then you should check to see if there are any green stains around the connections to the cylinder. These are signs of water weeping from the joints and if not seen to, can get worse and cause serious damage. Your cylinder should be replaced for a new pre lagged cylinder.
3. You should also check around your bathroom e.g at the back of the toilet, behind the basin or in the shower or bath area. If the silicone seal around the base of your shower or sides of the bath are worn and coming away, this should be replaced to avoid water escaping down the edges and ruining the ceiling below.
4. If you find that your heating system isn’t getting as hot as it used to, or that some radiators are cold at the top and need bleeding every so often, this may be due to a leak somewhere on the system. There are two different ways this can be detected.
i. If you have an open vented system, i.e, a small, cold water tank in your attic that fills your system, you could tie up the ball valve and record the level of the water in the tank. If the level drops over night or over a few nights, this is a sign of water escaping from the system. If you do not see any water stains on your ceiling then the chances are the leak is under the ground floor.
ii. If you have a sealed system you will see a pressure gauge either at the boiler or in the hot press. This is usually set between 1 and 1.5 of a bar. Take note of the reading on your gauge. If the needle drops below 0.5 of a bar, this is a sign that water is leaking somewhere from your system.
If you are unfortunate enough to have a leak in your house, that causes damage, don’t forget to check with your insurance to see if you are covered. You can then contact us on 086 810 0071 and we can call around to give you a free quotation and report to give to your insurance company.