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Moisture and water leakage are the reason behind many issues around the home. Thus, you should know the most common causes of household water leakage.

Water leakage causes rust on metal, creates mould and it causes wood to decay.

At Dedant, we have had over a decade of experience conducting building inspections. That means we know exactly where water leakage tends to originate from.

By knowing the common causes of household water leakage, you can protect your home from these issues.

1)     Air conditioners

Air conditions are one of the most common causes of water leakage.

Your air conditioner produces water as part of the cooling process, some of which is used to cool the air and some of which is sent out the back of the unit.

As such, there will inevitably be leakages. It is recommended you have a way to divert water away from your home and into the garden, such as a pipe or hose.

If you do not, this can cause puddles to form which cause rust and decay to your home.

An example of an air conditioner without proper drainage, which has rust along the bottom of the unit

2)     Clogged gutters and downpipes

Gutters and downpipes are designed to divert rainwater away from the home and into somewhere it cannot do damage.

When gutters and downpipes become clogged with objects such as leaves, this causes the overflow to spill down onto the property.

As such, you should endeavour to keep gutters and downpipes free of debris. Trim nearby trees to stop leaves from falling into the gutter.

For a gutter such as this, the obstruction of the leaves will prevent water from flowing through and safety away from your home.

3)     Plumbing ages over time

No matter how good quality plumbing you have, it will not last forever.

As the months and years go by, the plumbing corrodes and rusts over time. This will cause it to leak.

You should periodically get your plumbing examined, to ensure it can be replaced in a timely manner.

Furthermore, this also applies to seals placed on water connectors too.

Older pipes which are now leaking.

4)     High water pressure

If water pressure becomes too high, it puts strain on your pipes which can lead to rattling, loud noises, pinhole leaks or even burst your pipes entirely.

Therefore, if you are worried about the pressure or hear loud noises when turning on the water to your shower or sink, contact a professional to measure the pressure.

5)     Changes in the temperature

Many pipes that make up household plumbing are made with metal.

Thus, when they are subject to extreme temperatures the pipes will expand and contract.

These movements can damage, crack or dislodge the plumbing which can cause leaks.

Contact Dedant if you’re worried about your pipes

Water leakages, mould and decay are all things that attract termites to your home.

As such, Dedant can conduct a high-quality building and pest inspection complete with moisture reading and thermal vision cameras.

We can assess major and minor defects to your home, such as leaks and moisture, as well as the existence of any pests such as termites.

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