The cost of a water leak home inspection in Dubai

The cost of a water leak home inspection in Dubai

Avoid expensive repair bills with these easy tips for preventing water leaks in the home

With water a scarce resource in the UAE, extra-special care must be taken in the way it is consumed. If a water leak is overlooked, it can not only result in damages to the property, but also land you in hot water financially. This is exactly what happened to the Furniture wala family from Arabian Ranches when they complained about a lack of water coming into their villa. The investigation ultimately led to the discovery of the leak half a metre below their parking space; and a subsequent water bill amounting to a staggering AED54,000.Cost of Dubai Water Leaks to Property:

The Furniture wala case highlights a number of grey areas in terms of mitigating water leaks. Water damage is a problem that most property owners dread. Aside from increasing the risk of mould growth, water leaks in the home can result in extensive financial setbacks due to damage incurred to wooden furniture, upholstery, electronics, household appliances, and plumbing equipment.


Causes of Water Damage:

Leaky dishwashers, clogged toilets, broken pipes, broken dishwasher hoses, overflowing washing machines, leaky roofs, plumbing leaks, and foundation cracks are just some of the possible causes of water damage in homes and businesses. Once a home or business sustains water damage, it is important to start the water damage clean-up immediately in order to increase the likelihood of saving water-soaked furniture, carpets, rugs, clothing, and other items.


Health Hazards Associated with Home Water Leaks:

As aforementioned, moisture promotes the growth of mould and other organisms, increasing the risk for serious health problems.Mould exposure may aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms, especially in children and people with compromised immune systems. Exposure may also increase the risk for respiratory diseases and other medical problems. Cleaning up immediately can help mitigate the health effects of water damage on everyone in a home or commercial space.


Restoration Process:

Using the right procedures and materials in order to restore the damage caused by a water leak is essential in order to safeguard the rest of the home against further damage or deterioration. As such, the success for water damage restoration depends on the severity of the damage and the amount of water that caused the damage. Water in basement areas may only require a short clean-up process, but water in other areas of a property will require extensive remediation.


LeakDTech’s Unique Approach to Water Leak Home Inspections:

Individually, homeowners and renters alike must all consume water with an eye towards conservation, which includes being informed of warning signs that may indicate a potential water leak. LeakDtech offers easy-to-book inspections and cost-cutting opportunities with our online booking system. We also pride ourselves on zero bad workmanship, meaning that LeakDtech can check your contractors work by inspecting the original leak once again. In addition, we will only charge you the call out fee and if a problem is not identified during a residential inspection no additional charges will be made, guaranteeing satisfaction. Get in touch with our qualified team of experts to find out how LeakDTech can save you money, time and effort.

Top signs of a swimming pool leak in Dubai

Top signs of a swimming pool leak in Dubai

Swimming pool leaks and plumbing leaks can be an expensive disaster if not identified and fixed early on in the process. There are various different reasons why a pool leak is bound to happen, such as defects in the pool’s shell, recirculation, and filtration system damage or erroneous plumbing.  There are two types of pools; those with concrete structure frames and prefabricated pools with GRP (glass reinforced plastic) or similar frames. Cracks in concrete frames are more common leading to water accumulation behind tiles or leakage within the ground.

What are the Top Signs of a Swimming Pool Leak or Plumbing Leak?

  1. A drop in water levels
  2. Excessive manual refilling
  3. Stagnant water
  4. Tile or grouting loss
  5. Algae and residue floating around on the surface of the water
  6. Blocked filters, resulting in issues with cleaning the pool
  7. The balance tank refilling too often
  8. Condensation within light fittings

 

When assessing whether your pool has a leak, evaporation can often be mistaken for a swimming pool or plumbing leak. It’s also natural for your pool to lose some water to other causes such as splashing or backwashing of the filter. The key culprit that separates normal causes of water loss to a leak is if the water loss is constant, resulting in having to routinely refill the pool.

In order to ascertain whether there is a pool leak, look closely at the filter, pump, heater and pipe valves. Also check the ground for moisture, as water leaks are likely to cause small-scale erosion through constant contact with the soil on which the pool stands. If you have a pool that is either prefabricated or custom built with a concrete structure, look for small holes or signs of staining around the fitting areas, lights, steps and corners, which could be a key indicator of a leak.

OK, My Pool is Leaking! How do I Fix It?

Start by turning off the filtration system and try to ascertain where the leak is by following the pool pipelines looking for water loss. Second, inspect your balance tank and see if the level drops with the pump system switched off. If the water stops at the bottom of the skimmer opening, the swimming pool leak is probably in the filtration system (pipes included). Third, where possible look at your tiles and see if you can spot any loss or deterioration in the pool surface.  If the pump is running but the pool is still losing water, then chances are that the leak is on the return line side, in which case it will be wise to check the waste or backwash line for running water and try to stall it while you call an expert to assist further.

For information on how to fix a swimming pool leak or plumbing leak, consult LeakDTech’s professionals.

Fireline leak detection: what to look for

Fireline leak detection: what to look for

Identifying fire line leaks are easier than you think with these simple tips

Fire line leaks are dangerous, and can pose a potential disaster if left unattended (or worse, undetected). Fire line leak detection is a complex and costly process which is not always successful, as fireline leaks are often very difficult to identify. Underground leaks are often the main culprit, yet there can be plenty of other less apparent causes.

Here are six hidden causes to explore in order to facilitate accurate fire line detection:

  1. Jockey pump running every 30 seconds or less
  2. An overactive duty pump
  3. Subsidence cracks
  4. Junction leaks
  5. Seam leakage on the pipes
  6. Faulty hydrant connections

How do I Identify if there is a Fire Line Leak?

Fire lines tend to leak more than domestic pipes dueto the fact that, whereas domestic pipes can have 8-bar pressure, fire lines have a slightly higher pressure which can fluctuate anywhere between 8 – 16 bar. Water leaks in underground, pressurised pipes may make many different sounds: a Hissing or Whooshing sound is often detected from pipe vibration and orifice pressure reduction, splashing sounds from water flowing around the pipe, rapid beating or thumping sounds from water spray striking the wall of the soil cavity, or alternatively, small clinking sounds of stones and pebbles bouncing off the pipe. Since the sounds travel on the pipe walls better than through the soil, LeakDtech advise customers to listen at the hydrants, valves, and meters first to detect a leak.

Fire line leaks can be caused by other factors as well, including premature rusting of pipes caused by misdirected electric currents, driving over piping with heavy trucks or equipment, poor initial installation, leaking joints or valves, or high pressure from open and closing valves.

Visit LeakDTech for expert consultancy on fire line leaks and more.

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