Water Leak Detection

Water Leak Detection

Expert Hidden Water Leak Detection

A water leak can cause stress and uncertainty for any business or homeowner, especially when you can’t find the source. But unfortunately, hidden leaks aren’t a rare occurrence. Insurance providers pay out more than £1.8 million every day for the damage caused by an “escape of water” (hidden leaks, in insurance companies’ terminology).

PHS Trades Team understands customers’ experiences when faced with a water leak. High water bills, damaged property and frustrating insurance claims. Our friendly team of experts are ready to help. Each of our specialists is experienced and equipped to provide thorough leak detection services to help get your business and home back to normality.

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Step one

Trace the leak

Contact the PHS Trades Team to arrange for one of our experts to attend your property. One of our friendly and experienced engineers will visit your home or business and trace the leak quickly using our precision equipment.


  • Rapid response for urgent jobs
  • No call-out charges, just a clear pricing policy
  • All water leak repairs are fully guaranteed and insured
  • Accurately find the location of your leak

Step Two

Expose and fix the problem pipe

After successfully locating the source of the leak, our engineers can begin repair on-site. The use of our precision detection equipment ensures we find the best location to access the leak, avoiding the need for unnecessary damage. As a result, we make sure your leak is accurately located and repaired with minimal disruption to your home or business.


  • Mitigate further damage to your property
  • Accurate leak detection equipment
  • Experienced engineers
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Step three

Dry your premises

We can also provide solutions to dry areas exposed to water damage, helping you avoid the need for further repairs. Get in touch with one of our engineers to learn more about our solutions.


  • Prevent further water damage.
  • Ensure you have hot water.
  • Avoid sporadic water pressure drops.
  • Avoid the need for unnecessary call-outs. 


Our Hidden Water Leak Detection and Repair Services have helped many domestic and commercial customers over the years, many of whom have had questions to ask before and during the process. We’ve listed our most frequently asked questions below.

How do I know if I have a hidden water leak?

Try the following steps if you think you have a leak in your property but can’t locate the source.

  1. First, switch off all of your appliances and taps.
  2. Check your water meter and take note of your readings.
  3. Wait for 30 minutes, and then take another reading of your water meter.

If the water meter dials haven’t changed, you likely don’t have a leak. However, if your water meter dials have changed, you have a leak.

Complete the following steps to establish whether the leak is inside your property or outside.

  1. Switch off all of your appliances and taps.
  2. Locate your stopcock and turn it anti-clockwise to the off position – You can check this by turning your cold tap on. If no water flows, then you have successfully turned the water off.
  3. Check your water meter and take note of all readings.
  4. Wait 30 minutes and take another reading.
  5. Turn your water back on by turning the stopcock clockwise. 
  6. Take a water meter reading – If the dials have changed, you may find a leak between your meter and your stopcock. 
  7. If your meter reading hasn’t changed, you may have a small leak inside your home (after the stopcock), and you should contact an expert immediately. 

What causes a hidden water leak?

There are numerous potential reasons for a water leak. We’ve listed some of the major causes below.

  • Corrosion
  • Ageing Pipes
  • Poorly Installed Pipes
  • Freezing Pipes
  • Central Heating Systems
  • Cracks In Your Plumbing System
  • Construction Near Your Plumbing System
  • Tree Roots And Other Underground Obstructions

What is Trace and Access cover?

‘Trace and Access’ is the terminology Home Insurance providers use to describe the process of detecting the source of a leak. This type of cover is quite common in standard Home Insurance policies.

However, you should always check your documentation or speak to your Home Insurance provider for a detailed explanation.

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