Did you know, a water leak is one of the most common causes of termite infestations in a home? When we think of plumbing issues, we tend to think of obvious problems such as a burst pipe or blocked drain. However, a hidden water leak untreated can often cause more extensive and costly damage over time.
Termites are naturally drawn to water and moisture, so it’s no surprise that infestations occur in homes with a water leak. Behind your walls and beneath the ground, is an intricate system of water pipes that are unseen. A water leak can be essentially be anywhere whether it be indoors or outdoors as long as there is a supply and flow of water! Water leaks can be from:
- Taps, showers and fixtures
- Aged plumbing systems
- Tree roots
- Faulty installations
- Underground sewers or under slabs
- Swimming pool leak
- Hot water system leak
- Flexi-hose leak
And many others!
It is estimated that the cost of termite damage to Australian homeowners each year is $1.5 billion. Some general insurance may not even cover termite damage and it comes as a nasty shock to the homeowner when it happens. Not only is the repair costly, termite damage can also significantly affect the resale value of your home, especially if the infestation has compromised structural integrity.
If you suspect a water leak, don’t ignore it! Here are some signs that you might need to investigate the possibility of a leak in your home:
- Unusual wet patches in your garden
- Moisture or mould on your walls
- Slow moving drains
- Swimming pool requiring more water (use the bucket test)
- Higher than usual water bill
Many hidden leaks go undetected because they are not obvious to the naked eye. However, there is no need to tear down your walls or dig up your garden if you suspect a leak. Using appropriate equipment, professional leak detectors are able to identify the source and pinpoint the location of a leak, giving you the peace of mind that the repair can be carried out effectively and efficiently.
Leak Spotters are experts in the industry. We are a family owned business with over 40 years of industry experience serving the local community in Brisbane, Darling Downs, and Gold Coast areas. Our technicians perform detection services of the highest quality using the latest equipment and technology, to minimise any inconveniences to you and your home.
Don’t let termites take over your home, if you require leak detection, give us a call today on: 1300 362 858 to speak with our team today!