Signs of Gas and Water Leaks: When to Call a Plumber in Auckland

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The unseen threat of gas and water leaks lurks in every Auckland household, potentially leading to serious hazards. Know how to recognise the first signs of gas and water leaks and when to call a plumber for professional help.


Identifying Gas Leak Indicators

Gas leaks can be particularly hazardous, and early detection is crucial. Some signs to look (or smell) out for include a rotten egg odour. Natural gas is odourless, but mercaptan, sometimes called “stenchgas” is added to alert people of leaks. If you hear a hissing sound, it is unlikely to be a snake in your Auckland backyard but could be an equally dangerous gas leak. Dead vegetation around the dwelling could also indicate a gas leak.


Recognising Water Leak Red Flags

Water leaks, while less immediately hazardous, can lead to significant property damage if left unattended. Red flags that might be telling you have a water leak include the appearance of unexplained damp spots or water stains around your home. Or perhaps your Auckland Watercare bill has suddenly spiked. 


Potential Dangers and Health Risks

Both gas and water leaks pose potential dangers and health risks to those in and around the affected property. Gas leaks can lead to explosions or fires, as well as severe health risks. Inhaling natural gas can cause nausea, dizziness, and even asphyxiation in extreme cases.  

Water leaks can cause structural damage and contribute to mould growth, resulting in a very unhealthy Auckland home.

If you suspect your home has a gas or water leak, it is crucial to seek immediate intervention from a plumbing professional.


DIY Checks and Initial Steps

There are steps you can take to be proactive when it comes to potential gas or water leaks. Simple DIY checks may prevent minor problems from becoming serious problems.

If you suspect a gas leak, turn off the main gas supply if it’s safe to do so and ventilate the area. For water leaks, shut off the water supply and identify the source of the leak if possible. These initial steps can help minimise immediate risks while awaiting professional assistance.


Seek Prompt Professional Assistance

DIY checks do not replace professional intervention. Engaging a qualified plumber is vital if you think there might be a gas or water leak in your home. 

A professional plumber has the expertise and equipment necessary to identify and address leaks safely, and prompt action can prevent further property damage and ensure the well-being of everyone in the home.  


By recognising indicators, understanding potential dangers, and promptly seeking professional assistance from, Aucklanders can protect their homes and the health of their loved ones. 


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