How to Spot a Water Leak:

Experiencing a water leak from a supply pipe in Huddersfield, Leeds, Bradford or Wakefield areas?

In the following article, we advise how to spot a water leak before it causes any rotting or other expensive damages.

Sink Toilet

Toilet flange water leaks occur where the toilet pipe connects with the waste pipe. Have you ever heard the toilet move underneath you when you sit on it? A toilet flange holds the toilet to the floor, if this break, the toilet can rock or become unusable. If the toilet rocks, this means the flange is not securely holding the toilet to the floor, allowing the wax ring seal to break. This will result in water leakage. Toilet leaks can come from the water supply or tank, but the most damaging leaks occur at the flange and wax ring.

How to spot a Flange water leak:

  • There are cracks in the flange.
  • Bolts are broken.
  • The flange is loose not screwed tightly to the floor.


Sink water leaks allow water to under the rim or bare of the faucet. This would gradually destroy anything underneath: cabinets, countertops and floors. Sink water leaks can occur at any plumbing joint. But the most common leaks happen at the sink rim, shutoff valves, and slip joints in the waste lines. Supply water leaks under a sink can go unnoticed for a long time since they’re usually at the back of the cabinet. Water can run down the pipes into the floor or subfloor, rotting the sink base and the floor.

How to spot a sink water leak:

  • Puddles, water stains or a damp odour in the cabinet.
  • Loose or damaged flooring in front of the sink.


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Bathtub and Shower Water Leaks
There are 2 main types of water leaks regarding bathtub and shower leaks: splash and drain water leaks.

Splash water leaks. This is when water leaks and escapes past the shower curtain/door. This may sound minor, but when the leak seeps into the subfloor where the flooring meets the bathtub/shower this can cause major damage. Tile/vinyl flooring begin to come loose, and wooden floor begins to rot which could lead to an expensive replacement.

How to spot a splash water leak:

  • Curling vinyl flooring or loose tiles next to the tub.
  • Peeling paint or flaking, chalky-looking wood finish near the shower.
  • Water stains on the ceiling or joists below.
  • Mold spots on the wall or floor near the tub or shower.
  • If you use a curtain, look for standing water on the floor after you shower.


Drain water leaks happen frequently due to the accessibility of the drains. As the drains are usually located in the bathtub directly below shower head where we stand, they often flex allowing the seal to break around them.

How to spot a drain water leak:

  • Water stains/dark circles on ceilings below
  • Loose flooring around the tub or dampening on adjacent room floors


How we can help? Do you need us to fix a water leak?

  • Tap repair or replacementIf you’ve got a constantly dripping or leaking tap, one of our skilled engineers will diagnose what is causing the problem and then carry out repair work to solve the issue and stop it reoccurring in the future. Should a replacement be required, we can advise on tap replacement and arrange to carry out the work, using like-for-like parts.
  • Repairing leaking or burst pipesOur skilled plumbers will visit your property, isolate the water leak and repair or replace any damaged pipework, enabling the plumbing in your property to function correctly. Whether that means carrying out welding on copper pipes, using specialist fittings for plastic pipes, or cutting and reshaping pipes to alleviate the problems, we will ensure that our work prevents future leaks from occurring.
  • Toilet replacement or repair If you’ve got a leaking toilet, one of our plumbers can visit your property to identify what is causing the problem and carry out the repair – Our plumbers are trained to work on a variety of different types of toilets. If your toilet is not functioning correctly or leaking, we can either, replace the whole toilet with like for like parts or repair any problems.


Need Any Drainage Services?

You can contact us to unblock drains and provide drain repairtoilet unblockinggutter cleaning or drain clearing,  PPMs (Pre-planned Maintenance), CCTV Surveysseptic tank management and emergency tanker services. If you are interested in PPMs or any of our other services, please see the areas Metro Rod West Yorkshire cover and our contact details below:

Bingley Horbury Pontefract
Birstall Huddersfield Pudsey
Bradford Ilkley Queensbury
Castleford Keighley Settle
Dewsbury Knottingley Shipley
Driglington Leeds Skelmanthorpe
Glasshoughton Liversedge Skipton
Guiseley Meltham Slaithwaite
Halifax Menston South Elmsall
Haworth Mirfield Tadcaster
Heckmondwike Morley Tingley
Hemsworth Normanton Wakefield
Holmfirth Ossett Wetherby
Honley Otley Yeadon


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Call us on 01484 844100.


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