Water leakage is one of the biggest and most serious problems that can occur in a home’s plumbing. A water leak can be overt or covert. It is usually presented in the main columns, in the sewers or in our bathroom, especially if it is old and we have not renovated it.
However, there are many cases in which it appears on radiators, in the kitchen, on floors, on rooftops, on walls and more generally in the water supply network of our house. Water leak detection is done with a thermal camera. In the following lines, we – Αποφράξεις Αντωνίου – will answer the questions about finding a water leak in the house.
Why do water leaks occur?
When we build a house, we pass pipes under the ground, through walls, tiles and other materials. Like all things that have a specific lifespan, the pipes in our home are not immortal. We have estimated that piping to a new home takes about 50 years. Of course, this also has to do with the materials you used during the construction of your house. Water leaks occur because the pipes with age, use and salts wear out and corrode. Another reason that water leaks occur is in the joints, splicing 2 different materials. An old type pipe with a new type pipe. The union of 2 different materials, piping is something we do not recommend in any case.
What piping materials are there?
There are 3 piping materials on the market. Copper, Rehau and multilayer. Depending on what material we choose, the manufacturer will give us the corresponding lifetime of the pipe. Manufacturers give an average of 60 years for the copper pipe, 30 years for the Rehau and unknown years for the life of the laminate. We recommend copper because the manufacturer gives more years of life.
Can a water leak occur due to the material of the pipe?
The water supply network of most houses built in Athens is with a galvanized pipe. This type of pipe is now banned. However, many reconstructions have been made since then. The result is that we have noticed many houses that combine in their water supply network these 2 materials that we said before.
Copper & Galvanized
On the one hand, we have the copper and on the other the galvanized pipe.– Αποφράξεις Αντωνίου – does not recommend in any case the union of these 2 types of piping. However, some houses have both materials together under the floor. There are special connectors for their better connection, but again they are not recommended in any case. A water leak can occur due to pipe material because the pipes have corroded due to these 2 materials. Another factor that plays a role in water leakage due to the material of the pipe is its age. A house built in the 1970s means it is almost 50 years old and will soon leak. It is only natural that after so many years the pipes will need to be replaced.
What are the most common leaks?
The most common leaks we encounter are in the centre column and in the drain. However, water leaks are found in heating, sewerage, floors, walls, ceilings, rooftops, swimming pools, gardens, courtyards, balconies, kitchens, bathrooms, pumping stations, radiators and in the stairwells.
How easily is a water leak detected?
Leaks can be overt or covert. Obvious leaks are very easy and manageable because the problem is in front of us and we can fix it very quickly. On the other hand, hidden leaks are much more difficult to detect and if we do not find the water leak in time, it can cause serious damage.
What are the most common obvious leaks?
As mentioned above, the obvious leaks are leaks that we can easily detect. Leaks of this type can be a fountain that we see dripping. The cistern we hear making noise due to water leakage. A radiator body, which we also see because it is in a conspicuous place.
What are the most common hidden leaks?
Hidden leaks are harder to spot. A hidden water leak may be inside a wall, through which a pipe passes to end up in the bathroom. Another hidden water leak may be in the bathroom, under the tiles. What we need to note here is that hidden leaks can cause great damage if we do not realize them quickly. These damages are due to the fact that we did not notice them quickly due to their hidden nature. Water leaks in the main columns and drains are among the most common.
What are the steps I need to take as soon as I notice a water leak?
If the water leak is obvious, all you have to do is turn off the general switch of the EYDAP watch. Then you can call us to come directly to your place and see the damage.
If the water leak is hidden, it means that it pre-existed at the time you realized it. If there is a water leak in the water heater and the loft is flooded and in this case, what you need to do is to close the EYDAP watch and call us to make an appointment at your place. If the water leak is hidden and is a pipe inside the wall, in this case, you can call us. Our workshop has special tools and thermocouples with which it detects even the most difficult leaks.
How do moisture and mould combine in a water leak?
Moisture and mould are signs that most of the time indicates that there is a water leak somewhere. It may not be close to the point of moisture or mould, but it is much lower. Moisture and mould are usually an outbreak of water leakage.
How can I check my entire home network for hidden water leaks?
A hidden water leak can remain hidden for years, decades. A water leak in the house can start from a very small tear dripping from a pipe or a compound, which is under the floor, until much more water comes out, causing the EYDAP account to swell. It is difficult to detect water leakage without the appropriate equipment available at – Αποφράξεις Αντωνίου Αθήνα. However, some indications are worth noting for the homeowner to realize that there is a hidden water leak somewhere.
- The inflated EYDAP account. If we have been living in the house for years and for a month we notice the EYDAP account uploaded, without changing the use we make, what we need to see is to compare it with an older account. If we usually pay 20 euros and pay 120 a month, that means there is a hidden water leak somewhere.
- Another indication is the peeled wall or the wall that has lost its colour. If there are tiles, they will be inflated or detached.
- Mould is also another indication that there is a hidden water leak somewhere.
- Also, the humidity and the smell are something that proves that at some point in the house there is a hidden water leak.
- The low pressure in the water supply network is also a sign that there is a water leak.
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