When you suspect that you have a plumbing leak, you know you need a plumber to find the leak and fix it. One of the common sign of a leak is when your water main meter keeps on running even when all of the faucets are shut off. If you leave it unresolved, you will be shocked by how high your water bill has suddenly become.
You might be tempted to solve the problem DIY, however plumbing companies have special methods when it comes to leak detection. There’s also a good possibility that you won’t be able to find the location of the leak yourself. If you’re worried about the cost of leak detection and repair, you only need to remember that delaying it would only increase the cost.
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How much does plumbing leak detection cost?
There’s no one-price answer to that question. When you check out plumbing company websites from Cape Town, you have to request for a special quotation. This is only common-sense as they need to know how big your house is and the complexity of the inspection methods to be done. After inspection, they will also give you a customized costing for the repair works. Detection and repair costs go together and are the 2 things you should save up for.
On average, the cost for leak detection for a house would range from R1500 to R3000. The location of your house can also add up to the travel cost of the plumbing company.
For bigger complexes like buildings, factories and institutions, the charge is usually per hour or per day until the leak is found. There will also be added travel cost for distant locations and overnight pay if the plumber needs to stay overnight.
There are also other factors that can affect the price for leak detection.
1. Location of Leak
If the cause of the leak is in an area that is difficult to access, there will be an increase in cost.
2. Type of Leak
It can be a leak on your plumbing fixture, a leak on the pipe, or a leak on the wall or slab. The more complex the type of leak, the more expensive it will be.
3. Type of Leak Detection
If the source of the leak can be determined by isolation method and visual inspection, then it’s the most affordable. However, if the plumbing professional needs to use special equipment or devices, it will incur added cost. Some of the most common types of leak detection methods are infrared imaging, acoustic testing and smoke tracing.
Once the cause of the leak is determined, the next step would be to repair it. If the water has seeped through your dry wall, for example, you need to spend for replacement of the wall as well. For a slab leak, the cost is higher since there’s a need to jackhammer the existing slab to repair the pipe. Look for a plumbing company that can give you solutions and costing options that would match your budget.