Whether it is a water leak, gas leak or even a sewer leak I can assist you with identifying the source of the problem and then also repair the plumbing problem for you.
This is exactly what I have been involved with this week in Adelaide.
My week started off with a call to attend a suspected broken water pipe in Myrtle Bank. When I first arrived there was a loud sound of running water through the pipes and it could be heard throughout the whole property. The first thing to do was to look around the property for any obvious signs of water escaping ie: extremely green grass, wet concrete, moist bricks, damp patches on the internal walls, running toilets, hot water relief valves blowing off and irrigation valves not shutting off properly. After doing a check around the property for these situations there wasn’t any obvious signs of water escaping, so the next step was to start isolating various sections of the property and try to pin point which section of the property had the water leak.
After cutting in a few isolation valves to the water main I was able to establish that the water leak was in the area of the backyard which contained the irrigation etc. Then once this was established a closer look around the locations where the water mains was installed underground showed that along the boundary line of the property where a long line of rose bushes is planted the first 5 in this row where really blooming and approx. 3 inches taller than the rest of the rose bushes, then after looking at ground level and removing the mulch I could see that the ground was a little damp. With a little more digging down I found the leak approx. 500mm below ground level, it was a break in the 20mm copper water main. Once the break was exposed and the copper tube cleaned it was a fairly easy fix using my Viega pro press tool (see pic below).
Later in the week I attended another water leak where the customer could hear water rushing out under the outdoor deck in Clapham. When I first arrived it was pretty obvious where the leak was coming from, but getting access to the leak was going to be a bit of a challenge. After carefully identifying where the supports for the deck where located I carefully cut out a few of the timber slats between each joist creating an access hatch which can be opened in the future if ever needed. Bellow the deck I found the location of the leak, it was where the previous plumber had extended the copper water main out to the back yard for a garden tap. The material used to feed the garden tap was PVC water piping and where the transition between two materials takes place is where the leak was located, it was a matter of re-tightening the connection between the two materials and leak ceased
Now whether this has been slowly leaking for a long time and progressively got worst because the initial installation wasn't adequate I can’t say, but moving forward the leak has stopped and there is now a future access point if any other issues occur under this decking ever again. A move forward if there is future problems would be to remove the PVC pipe and convert all this to a more ridged installation of copper tube the whole way under the deck.
To finish the week I was called to attend another water leak in Morphett Vale. The customer informed me that whenever the shower is turned on moisture starts to appear in the hall way of the home. The first step to investigating this type of water leak is to remove the shower rose and put a pressure gauge on it. I then pressurise the breaching piece and the pipe work up to the shower rose outlet and watch for any drop in pressure. Immediately upon doing this there was a huge drop in pressure, which means that there is a broken/cracked pipe inside the wall.
The only way to fix a problem like this is to remove the tiles and expose the pipe work. After doing this the leak was located immediately, it was a crack in the shower breaching piece (see picture below). Because this house is solid brick the wall then needs to be jack hammered open to get access to the copper pipe work. Once the pipe work is all exposed it can then be cut out and new copper pipe and a new shower breaching piece then installed. After this is done the new pipe work must be tested for any leaks, providing this is all fine its then time to patch the wall back up with mortar in readiness for new tiles and grout to be installed.
So it was quite a busy week with water leaks in Adelaide for me and the results have been quite good for my customers, getting the leaks located quickly and fixing the problems in good time enabling my customers to get there water back on quickly without having to go to extensive measure to fix their problems.
Have a good week and I look forward to bringing you another installment to my plumbing blog.
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Aaron Stewart owns and works in the business of Mayfair Plumbing & Gas Fitting from there offices now based in Adelaide, South Australia. Aaron and his team of licensed plumbers and design consultants are passionate about there work. In this blog they will bring you plumbing and gas tips gathered from around the globe over 20 plus years of experiences in the many different fields of plumbing. If you are looking for a plumbing firm who can do everything from design, construct, project management and scheduled on site maintenance contact the Mayfair Plumbing Group.