ARE YOUR WATER PIPES LEAKING?
If you suspect you have a burst pipe or water leak somewhere on your property, part of our leak detection process is to conduct a pressure test. Firstly, we would isolate all of your fixtures, ie. Cisterns, hot water units and taps and then we would conduct a pressure test. We pressurize the hot water and cold water lines with water for a specific period of time, and if there is a pressure loss on the test gauge, this confirms you have a leak.
Some common causes for burst pipes are faults due to age, misuse or damage, acidity in soils, rock or debris rubbing, tree roots. The pipe can be put under a great pressure through the system and any fault in the piping will be exposed over time and broken down. Copper is a material that expands and contracts when heated. Pipes that are run in concrete can split, as the pipe cannot move when the copper naturally tries to expand.
There are companies that specialize in locating the pipe work and leaks, but they should be used in conjunction with a plumber who is experienced in burst pipes. Some plumbers may have the equipment to trace copper pipes but unless they are using the equipment on a regular basis, it is better to use a company that specializes in this type of work as they can solve the issues much faster and will save you money in the process.