1/8 Poletti Rd Cockburn Central WA 6164
Water Leak Detection Services
Water leak

Don’t let a small leak turn into a major headache with costly water damage and excessive water bills.

• Water leak detection • heating leak detection • damp investigation
• swimming pools leaks • drain investigation

How long can a water leak go undetected?

Water leaks underground can go undetected for extended periods, sometimes for months or even years, depending on various factors. Here are some reasons why underground water leaks can remain unnoticed for long durations:

  1. Absence of Visible Signs: Unlike leaks indoors where water stains or damp spots may be visible, underground leaks often lack obvious visual indicators. Without visible cues, such as water pooling on the surface or wet spots in the ground, it can be challenging to detect underground leaks.

  2. Slow Leak Rates: Underground leaks may involve slow seepage of water from pipes or plumbing fixtures, resulting in gradual water loss over time. These slow leak rates may not cause significant water pressure changes or surface disturbances, making them less conspicuous.

  3. Remote Location: Underground pipes and plumbing fixtures are typically located beneath soil, pavement, or building foundations, making them inaccessible and difficult to inspect visually. Without direct access to these areas, detecting leaks becomes more challenging.

  4. Absorption by Soil: Water leaking underground may be absorbed by surrounding soil, especially if the soil is porous or has good drainage. Absorption of leaked water by soil can minimize surface water accumulation, further concealing the presence of a leak.

  5. Lack of Monitoring: Many underground water distribution systems lack continuous monitoring systems to detect leaks automatically. Without regular monitoring or inspection efforts, leaks may go unnoticed until they cause visible damage or result in significant water loss.

  6. Non-Pressurised Systems: Some underground water systems, such as irrigation or drainage systems, may operate at low or non-pressurized conditions, reducing the likelihood of noticeable leaks or pressure fluctuations.

  7. Seasonal Variations: Underground leaks may be more challenging to detect during certain seasons, such as periods of heavy rainfall or snowmelt when natural water infiltration or runoff occurs, masking the presence of additional water from leaks.

Given these factors, underground water leaks can persist undetected for extended periods, potentially leading to water wastage, property damage, and increased utility costs. Proactive leak detection efforts, and the use of specialised equipment, such as leak detection tools or sensors, can help identify and address underground leaks before they escalate into more significant problems.