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    Fed up with Leaks

    I am a landlord with two flats. In one of the flats, I have had a leak with water poring down to the flat below. This is not the first time this has happened and it is a particularly stressful situation to be in. I have a maintenance company that I use for most of my electrical, plumbing and other general issues. My question is, does anyone have any good advice for trying to prevent this from happening again in the future?

    #2
    I believe there is a gadget you can attach to the water main that senses things like burst pipes, and shuts off the water. Would that help at all?

    edit: found this one: http://www.magne-flo.co.uk/watersafe...s_shut_off.php
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      #3
      Possibly. I'll look into that, thanks. I was thinking more along the lines of some kind of survey to make sure that the bathroom and kitchen are durable and hard wearing with decent plumbing and joins so that I'm not likely to get this sort of issue again. I just don't feel very confident that I won't get a similar problem again in the near future.

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        #4

        The number one thing is to make sure all your isolation valves work and that your tenant knows where they are.


        Then start with what has leaked, typical problems are usually washing machines dishwashers shower and bath seals and treating bathrooms as wet rooms when, in the UK, they rarely are. A simple manual check of these is sufficient to see if mastic is tight and connections secure.

        Accessible pipe work can be tested by flooding, drain in a full sink or bath or spraying water at joints for long periods of time. Check that pipe runs are not dangling about and are securely fixed to prevent them being knocked or vibrating. If you have a mix of pipe work barrel to copper or plastic, even stainless steel in the 60's, these joints are suspect and likely to fail.

        Check the joints and quality of installation - lots of glue and solder suggests poor installation or sloppy repairs or bodges. Plastic or pushfit joints work loose over time and under pressure. Gaffer tape is a give-away, ad are old signs of seepage such as scale deposits.

        Pipes are sometimes the wrong size or laid to the wrong fall, and in waste pipes need to be vented " air behind water". You might invest in a camera survey to see if they are blocked and restrict flow increasing pressure on joints, or just give them a good chemical clean.

        Most common issues can be spotted with a bit of experience and a handyman can check fittings and ease valves once a year.

        the only other alternative is to re plumb or have a reputable plumber inspect, making sure that they have the old NVQ and more recent City and Guild training and some experience or members of
        http://www.aphc.co.uk/
        http://www.ciphe.org.uk/

        DIY items such as this under a bath or kitchen sink/washing machine can save a fortune. http://www.omega.co.uk/ppt/pptsc.asp?ref=la-13
        Based on the information posted, I offer my thoughts.Any action you then take is your liability. While commending individual effort, there is no substitute for a thorough review of documents and facts by paid for professional advisers.

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          #5
          Many thanks for the advice.

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