Whose Responsibility Is A Water Leak?

Leak spraying out of leaking joint

Water Main leakingWhen it comes to the water supply in your home or commercial property, all is fine and well until a problem comes up. Water supply dwindles, and we no longer get water running through our taps like it used to.

Then the first question that crosses our minds after we notice a leak is ‘Who is responsible for fixing this leak?’ Myself? The insurance company? The landlord?

Well, we are here to help you answer this question and help you understand what your role is and how we can help. It is essential to know who you can reach out to in the event of any trouble.

There are three types of water pipes in most UK properties;

  1. Water mains are large pipes that distribute water to different sections of the county. More often than not, they are laid under major roads and highways
  2. Communication pipes; these carry water from the water mains to the boundary of private property. Some companies place a stop to to show the end of pipework and the start of the owners’ pipe responsibilities; however, not all properties have this.
  3. Supply pipes; these are smaller pipes that carry water to the property from the company pipes. These pipes run from the boundary of the property to the first water fitting inside the property. Any stop taps along the supply pipe, any water fittings; these are the responsibility of the property owner to maintain and repair.

What does this mean?

This means that as a property owner; you’re responsible for the maintenance and repair of the pipes that supply water to your property. This includes all the pipes that run inside your home and outside too. For example, if there’s a leak on the property boundary, then that is the homeowner’s responsibility.

In case the supply pipe goes out of your boundary to someone else’s property, as long as it supplies your home with water; this still makes it your responsibility to take care of and repair.

You’re responsible for the water pipes, drains, and plumbing fixtures on your property and ensuring that they conform to the required standards. Since maintaining supply, pipes is also your responsibility; this makes leak detection, repair, and replacement your role.

As a tenant, your landlord might be involved in the matter. Contact the landlord or property owner in the event of any leaks to discuss the leak. Be sure to check the tenancy agreement since you might be liable to pay for the leak.

How we can help

If your water meter keeps spinning or you have an abnormally high water bill, this could indicate a leak.

We at ADI Leak Detection have all the latest equipment & years of experience to detect leaks non-invasively on your property with minimal disturbances.

We help detect internal and external leaks such as water pipe leaks, leaks to filtration systems, underground heating leaks, spas and swimming pool leaks too. Trust us to find and repair leaks in fields, under all types of internal flooring, in buildings and open spaces. You name it, we can find it!

 

Call today on 0800 731 3843 for help with your water main leak.