Leak Detection Insurance Claims FAQs
How long can a water leak go undetected?
It’s possible for a water leak to go undetected for an extended period of time. Some leaks may be hidden behind walls or under floorboards. Therefore, unless there are any visible signs of damage, you may not notice the damage until it’s too late.
Taking proactive steps to identify and repair any leaks can help prevent costly water damage and help preserve the integrity of your plumbing system. If you notice water stains on walls or ceilings, musty odours, or a loss of pressure you may have a problem.
If you suspect you have a leak, call PCLA on 028 9581 5318 to arrange your leak detection survey.
Is there a tool to find leaks?
With the help of the latest technology, it’s possible for PCLA to pinpoint where the leak is coming from and estimate how much damage has been done.
Our leak detection specialists use state-of-the-art detection methods to detect these types of hidden leaks in order to save on costly repairs. These methods include:
- Thermal Imaging
- Acoustic Detection
- Moisture Mapping
- Tracer Gas Detection
- Chemical Analysis
How much does it cost to detect a leak?
Free if you have the right insurance. Call PCLA on 028 9581 5318 to find out how we can help you!
What is trace and access?
Trace and access cover pays the cost of finding the source of a leak. This can include calling out a plumber to identify the exact location of the leak in order for it to be properly examined and repaired.
It’s common now for leaks to be found via specialist leak detectors, rather than standard plumbers. Leak detectors typically have the specialist equipment detailed above that many standard plumbers would not have available to them.
It’s important to note that trace and access cover does not include the cost to repair the damage that has been caused by the water that has leaked from the pipe. This would typically be covered under the ‘escape of water’ section of a buildings insurance policy. A claim for this damage would need to be lodged with your insurance company who would typically appoint a loss adjuster to represent them. PCLA can provide you with a dedicated Loss Assessor to represent your interests and ensure you receive your full entitlement from your insurer. Call 028 9581 5318 to find out more.
Where are common water leaks found in the house?
There are several common areas in a home where leaks may occur:
- Pipe fittings and joints: Pipes are held together with fittings, such as elbows and tees, and sealed with joint compound or thread seal tape. These fittings and joints can loosen over time, leading to leaks.
- Water heaters: Water heaters can develop leaks over time, particularly near the bottom of the tank where sediment can accumulate.
- Toilets: Toilet tanks and bowls can develop cracks or leaks, which can be difficult to detect until a significant amount of water has been lost.
- Taps: Taps are prone to leaks due to wear and tear on the seals and other components.
- Showers and baths: These can develop leaks due to wear and tear on the seals or due to improper installation.
- Appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers: hoses can become worn or clogged over time, and seals can break, leading to leaks.
Do you have ‘trace and access’ cover?
Trace and access cover is designed to protect your property against any form of damage caused by water leaks, including burst pipes, by allowing for the costs of employing your own leak detector to find any leaks.
Don’t wait until it’s too late – contact us today to schedule your leak detection survey for your property.
Call 028 9581 5318 and get your water leak detected today!