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Water leaks from pipes, plumbing fixtures and fittings are the single biggest source of water wastage in Australian households. While some leaks go undetected and require leak detection, there are some that are quite obvious.

Here are the 7 most common household leaks that wreak havoc for homeowners

1. Leaking Bath or Shower

Generally the most common reasons for a leaking bath is a faulty seal and for a shower it is a faulty washer. While a bathroom is bound to get wet, any extra leaks are cause for attention as the dampness can grow mould and cause illness.

2. Leaking Tap

While a leaking tap generally doesn’t cause significant damage in itself, the pooling of water onto a countertop could however cause greater damage and all water leaks should be taken seriously to minimise harm.

3. Leaking Toilet

A toilet that leaks around the seal can cause mould damage that is similar to a leaking bath. An internal toilet leak causes water from the toilet to drain right into the sewer but because this leak doesn’t cause a mess, you will only notice it when your water bill comes back significantly more expensive.

4. Leaking Sink Pipes

The pipes under your sinks can often leak water all over your cabinets and as they are usually made out of wood, this could develop into a mould and mildew infestation. As these pipes are so often out of sight, it may be worthwhile to check them every so often.

5. Leaking Garbage Disposal

While garbage disposals are one of the best household appliances one can have, years and years of cleaning up after meal times can take a toll on these disposals. These leaks tend to smell and cause mould growth.

6. Leaking Hot Water System

Hot water systems tend to last for years and years, however when they begin to leak due to corrosion there is nothing stopping them. Try avoiding this nightmare by having it regularly serviced.

7. Leaking Washing Machine Hoses

As these pipes are embedded into your walls, there is no simple way to check if they are leaking. These leaks are often very destructive, and the biggest indicator is usually unexplained water damage on walls.

If you have noticed or are sceptical about any water leaks in or around your home or business, be sure to call National Plumbing today so we can get your plumbing back in perfect running condition in no time at all.


For all your emergency and general plumbing needs throughout Brisbane and the Gold Coast, you can reply on National Plumbing. We are open 7 days, have no call out fees and offer a same day service. You can call us on 1300 246 627.