Checking For Water Leaks

It’s a leaky business

The thing about water leaks is that often, you don’t even know they’re happening. A dripping tap is obvious because you can see and hear it. But a concealed, undetectable leak? Those are much harder to spot.

Identifying whether you have a leak means checking for the following:

  • Can you hear running water even though no taps, appliances or evaporative coolers are turned on?
  • Has your water bill been climbing over the past few months?
  • Are there any unidentified, foul-smelling odours around the house?
  • Do your walls or floors have unexplainable wet areas?
  • Is your water metre changing even when you aren’t using water?

Leak detection


Faucets: Using a torch, look for moisture under the sink. If you find any, clear out the cupboard and search for water stains, mould or peeling/swollen material.

Toilets: Remove the cistern lid and listen for a hissing sound. Alternatively, try putting some food colouring in the cistern and seeing whether it leaks into the toilet bowl.

Showers and bathtubs: Inspect the floor around the shower and the bathtub. If there is a crawl space under the tub, check there as well. Look for loose tiles, peeling paint, mould or swollen floorboards or vinyl.

Hot water tanks: Check the hot water valve or listen for a hissing sound. Remember that these tanks contain hot water – keep a safe distance and avoid getting burnt.


Outdoor taps: Easy to identify, a leaking outdoor tap is also easy to fix. The issue is when the leak is coming from somewhere else, like underground pipes.

Underground pipes: Search for irregular damp spots on the ground that are far from any outdoor water sources. Can you see a puddle even though it hasn’t been raining?

Swimming pools and spas: As with underground pipes, look for damp, sunken or eroded spots around the pool area. Check around the filter, heater and pipe valves.

Sewerage: Sewerage leaks are often the hardest to detect because the pipes run underground. Causes could include tree roots that pierce or move the pipes, or leaking joints. A plumber can identify the problem by inserting a camera into the drain.

Call a plumber

Finding the source of a leak brings you one step closer to fixing the problem. If you can identify the cause or the location, you’ve done well!

Knowing when to bring a professional into the mix means admitting when you might need help. If you have found the leak but don’t have any knowledge around how to fix it, we’d recommend calling in the experts.

Hiring a skilled plumber to detect and fix a water leak in your home is the best option for many reasons. Not only will it save you time, but also money spent on exorbitant water bills and any further deterioration to the area.

Call Plan B Plumbing for help with leak detection in Melbourne

Leak Detection: What You Need To Know

Water Leak Detection

Did you know?

  • A leaking tap can waste up to 10,000 litres of water a year.
  • A constant trickle of water into the toilet bowl wastes around 9,000 litres a year.

If you suspect you have a leak and want to make sure, Plan B Plumbing has the latest technology and state of the art equipment to help you get to the bottom of it. Even the smallest of leaks can be detected. Plan B Plumbing Solutions have earned the reputation of being the best leak detection experts in Melbourne. We have a range of specialist equipment like thermal imaging technology, acoustic pipe location, tracer gas, and the Mini Snooper. If there is a leak, we’ll find it.

Leak detection can be a tricky task to do on your own. At a general level, you should look in the kitchen, laundry or bathrooms for dripping taps or leaking washing machines and dishwasher connections. Damp patches on the wall may also indicate a leak. You should regularly test your garden irrigation system for leaks, too. Irrigation systems can often use the most water in a household and leaks in these systems can be very costly.

CCTV Drain Inspection 

Have you noticed cracks in your walls, or movement in the paths around your home? If you answered “yes”, then there may be an issue with your underground sewer or stormwater services. Plan B Plumbing Solutions offer full-colour drain camera CCTV inspections. Using a state of the art CCTV push camera system technology, we can locate blockages or structural defects within your stormwater and sewer drains. The drain camera allows for accurate diagnosis of your stormwater and sewer drains by locating cracks, breaks, tree root entry and other potential problems that can cost you significant money if left unattended. Plan B Plumbing is not just skilled at detecting any drainage issues, we are highly qualified and experienced with repairing them. Licensed and able to assess any drainage and sewerage systems, you don’t want to trust anybody else.

Roof Inspection

Plan B Plumbing Solutions specialises in assessing and reporting on roof leaks across all of Melbourne. Our qualified roof plumbers will assess your entire roof for defects and advise you on the outcome. There may be cracked tiles, blocked gutters, deteriorated silicon or mortar, issues with solar matting or solar panels, issues with your air conditioning units, and more. Plan B Plumbing will also tell you if your roof has been built to Australian Standards, ensuring your builders are kept honest. Some roofs may become difficult to reach with traditional methods due to their height or pitch, and, therefore, Plan B also offer roof inspections with the use of drone technology. With the use of our high-flying drones, our team can easily access, assess and diagnose your roofing problems safely and effectively. For any defects that are found affecting your roofing system, we will service all repairs from small inconsistencies to large full sheet replacements.

Plan B Plumbing Solutions

When it comes to plumbers, finding one you can really trust can be a stressful task. Based in South East Melbourne, Plan B Plumbing Solutions are well known and trusted, already having made a name for themselves as an industry leader in the plumbing sector.

Offering a range of services, and a zero-dollar call out fee and free quotes, Plan B Plumbing Solutions are committed to getting the job done right. That’s why Plan B Plumbing Solutions should be your plan A when it comes to your plumbing needs. We provide all clients with a comprehensive written report outlining the defects found and the repair strategies required to ensure the leaks are stopped.


Why Plan B Plumbing Solutions Uses Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging is not exactly new technology, but the way we have evolved to use this technology to help us has changed in past years. More specifically, thermal imaging has grown in the tradie world, finding its way into the hands of plumbers.

Plan B Plumbing Solutions is one of these plumbing businesses utilising thermal imaging to help track leaks and assist them in doing their job more effectively and efficiently. But why are they using thermal imaging? And how does thermal imaging even work? Is it safe? All those questions and more are answered as we take you through why thermal imaging is a great tool for plumbers, and how Plan B Plumbing Solutions are using it for effective results.

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What Is Thermal Imaging

If you’re not familiar with the term, thermal imaging is the use and method of using equipment that uses heat and thermal sensory and infrared to show images of objects through their temperature. It is especially helpful in low visibility areas, like the harder to reach and view areas of your home. Thermal imaging allows the user to locate problems and track issues that may not be visible to the naked eye, or issues that may be hidden.

How Plumbers Use It in Leak Detection

Think about all the pipes and intricate plumbing around your house right now. Everything works together in a way, all the pipes joined where they are supposed to, all the water going where it should. That’s what usually happens, at least. But what happens when a leak is sprung somewhere that you can’t see, or something is not going quite right? You call a plumber. The plumber’s first job then is to track down the problem. Of course, you probably don’t want him ripping out dry wall or digging a hole in your bathroom to try and find what is only a suspected problem. This is when thermal imaging comes in handy for plumbers, as they use thermal imaging to identify leaks and problems within the plumbing, without having to destroy your house in the process. Thermal imaging is the solution to a problem plumbers have long had, and the technology helps them make their work more effective, which as a customer you want! Plumbers also use it to save time and money. Ripping apart walls and taking down buildings to see a pipe or check out a leak is going to take a lot longer and cost a lot more money than a simple camera or live device seeing what is going on behind your walls.

What You Need To Know

If you’re wondering if it’s safe, you can rest assured that it is completely safe. Thermal imaging uses no radiation, and doesn’t emit any type of harmful rays that could affect you or anyone living where a thermal imaging equipment has been used.

Thermal imaging equipment is also very accurate. The temperature gauge usually allows a difference of 2 each way up and down the scale, but it is usually very accurate of the surface temperature. Thermal imaging can’t see through glass at this stage, as glass is reflective. However, there isn’t much else thermal imaging can’t do, which is why it is such a versatile and handy tool for plumbers.

If you need a plumber to detect a leak or use infrared technology to help spot a plumbing problem in your home, Plan B Plumbing Solutions provides Leak Detection service –  a fast and accurate service to those in Melbourne. Contact them today to find out how they can assist you in your plumbing problem.

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