5 things to look out for to catch costly plumbing repairs early



Nobody likes to deal with plumbing problems as they are happening. Our Darwin plumbers have compiled their top 5 things to look out for to catch plumbing repairs early.


Catching repairs before they happen, can be the ticket to avoiding other damages and major plumbing consequences.


These consequences may be serious water damages or vital fixtures breaking, like toilets and showers.


Our Darwin plumbers shed light on the top 5 things you can look out for yourself to lower your chances of costly repairs catching you out.


You might manage a property for somebody else or be living in a property you own yourself.


Regardless, there are a number of early tell-tale signs to look out for and regular maintenance to consider to avoid troubles for your tenants, landlords or yourself.


1. Thoroughly assess your Darwin water bill


When your water bill arrives, is it thoroughly assessed or is it just paid without notice?


A water bill can be the first step in uncovering signs of a hidden water leak.


For warning signs, assess the last few months of bills against the current months bill.


If your plumbing bill has a graph, this is a good place to start. Take a good look at the KL usage and not just the cost as costs can fluctuate with your water supplier.


You can expect seasonal increases from time to time, but generally your bill should be stable through the year.


If there is a spike in water usage and you don’t feel your consumption has increased, it may be worth further investigation.


If this is the case it’s a good idea to engage a plumber like us, Pett Plumbing and Gas Darwin to undertake a series of plumbing tests. Upon our visit we’ll discuss our findings or next the steps required if we think leak detection services should be engaged.





2. Do leak checks at your property, regularly


Most leaks start small and progressively get worse. That’s why it’s so important to catch them early, even before water starts expelling from walls or below the surface.


There’s a quick way to learn if you have a slow leak and it’s by undertaking a meter check.


To do a plumbing water meter check in Darwin, you will find you water meter at the front corner of your property (usually). Once you find your water meter write down the current usage on a piece of paper.


Next go and shut off all of your water-using fixtures in the property, like the tap next to your toilet, washing machine taps, dishwasher point, fridge tap etc.


Keep them all off for one hour. When the hour is up, check your meter again. Has the usage increased? If so, you probably have a leak somewhere.





3. Replace flexi hoses before their used by date to avoid bursts


Did you know that Flexi hoses account for more than 1 in 5 plumbing water damage claims lodged by Australian households?


These braided hoses are usually found next to toilets and under sinks.


They have a limited lifespan and should be replaced every five years.


There are some things you can look out for on Flexi hoses to prevent an unexpected burst.


Keep a close eye on any bulging, rust spots, discolouration, fraying or kinking. With a climate like Darwin’s rusting and discolouration can sometimes occur at a faster rate, due to the moisture in our air.


If you spot any of the above tell-tale signs that your flexi hose should be replaced, contact a licensed plumber like us, Pett Plumbing and Gas Darwin to replace them.


It’s important to have them replaced before the 5 year period ends to avoid an unexpected burst.





4. Don’t skip out on regular drain maintenance


If drain clogs catch you after hours, repairs can be costly for what may seem like a simple fix.


Most people have to deal with the unpleasant, repercussions of a blocked drain at some point.


Blocked drains in Darwin really don’t need to be that frequent, with majority of blocked drains being able to be prevented with regular drain maintenance.


To ensure drains are always clear, ensure you never miss a regular drain clear once a year.


This will keep build up in the drain to a minimum and prevent the chances of drains backing up. If you tap a camera inspection onto your regular drain clean, you can also catch any breaks or cracks in your drain early so you can have them repaired.


If you’re not sure about regular drain maintenance services, contact our Darwin plumbing team today.


5. Check for common toilet leaks


It’s very common for toilets to slowly leak water between the bowl and tank, however not something that is often thought about.


The best way to check if there is a slow leak in your toilet bowl, that hasn’t been noticed, is to dye test your toilet.


To do this, use a small amount of food colouring and place it in the toilet cistern.


Let it sit for half an hour, if colouring appears in the toilet bowl it’s likely you have a slow toilet leak.





About Pett Plumbing and Gas Darwin


We're a local based plumbing team in Darwin. We back our plumbers work with a limited lifetime labour guarantee, meaning if parts aren't at fault - our labour is free.


Based in Berrimah, we service the whole of the Darwin region.


We are experts in hot water repairs, leak repairs, toilet installations and everything else in between.


If you are in need of a reliable and dependable NT plumbing service, contact one of our friendly plumbers today.




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