Detecting a leak under floorboards

Job description: If you notice a water leak in your home, the central heating system could be leaking or the pipes in the bathroom could be leaking. Just think if any work done in your house recently might have affected the plumbing work. There could also be the possibility of a rodent chewing the pipes.

Skill level: Easy Step by step guide to detecting a leak under floorboards:

1. First check all tap connectors for leaks by wiping around and below them with some dry tissue, if the tissue becomes wet then you may have a leak. In some cases you will find condensation on some pipes which is normal.

2. Check all the compression fittings.

3. Remove the bath panel and check the pipes and the taps' connectors; check also under the sink for any sign of moisture.

4. Check all the valves on radiators;i f you have a combi boiler and there Is a leak, the boiler will loose pressure and stop working until the leak is rectified and the boiler is re-pressurised.

5. Finally, if you cannot find any leaks above the ground, you will have to start lifting your floorboards which can be a very lenghty job.

Unless you are good at DIY, you might want to contact a local plumber.

The information provided in this guide is to be used strictly for guidance only. We recommend you always read the manufacturer's instructions.