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Keeping your home dry

It’s not fun stepping in a puddle outside, let alone in your home. But sadly, water seepage is one of the most common issues affecting UK properties during the wet winter months.

Water can come up through your floor for many reasons, some of which are simple fixes you can do yourself and others which will require the help of professionals.

Below, we’ve listed five of the the most common causes of floor water, as well as advice about what you can do to fix them.

If you are a tenant of a rented property, we recommend that you contact your landlord or rental agency before conducting any repair or commissioning any plumbing work.

5 reasons you have water on your floor

1. Water is actually leaking through your ceiling

Sometimes the water you see on your floor isn’t rising up from below, but dripping down from above. Check your ceiling for damp or wet patches which could signify the presence of a leak.

Ceiling water leaks can escalate to cause significant damage if left unattended so we highly recommend establishing whether this is the problem quickly.

2. You have a leak in the floor

Of course, sometimes the leak is actually not in the ceiling but in the floor itself. Water leaks beneath your floor can be incredibly hard to find without the right equipment, but if you’re seeing water at the surface, it can make the job a lot easier.

Pipes burst due to corrosion, poor installation and damage from freezing temperatures. Water escaping from a broken pipe can rise up through your floor and into your home.

Keep an eye on your water meter and use your external and internal stop valves to pause the flow to your home. During this time, if your meter doesn’t move, you can be confident a broken pipe or faulty underfloor heating is to blame. If it does, the reason for water on your floor may lie elsewhere.

3. The ground is saturated with water

Increased rainfall during the winter raises the water table and causes prolonged periods of heavily saturated ground. This can put pressure on the foundation of your home and cause water to seep in through any defects.

Unfortunately, even concrete can develop cracks over time due to settling or shifting of the ground beneath your home. These cracks can be quite small – in fact, they might not be visible to the naked eye – but they can still allow water in.

If you suspect this is the cause of your floor water problem, call in a foundation repair expert to assess the situation and recommend solutions.

4. Your gutters are clogged or broken

Your gutters play an important role in keeping water away from your home by redirecting rainwater runoff to another location, typically a storm drain.

If your gutters are not functioning properly, you could end up with water seeping into your basement, a crawl space or the actual foundations of your property .

Clogged gutters are usually caused by leaves and other debris that have accumulated over time. If left unchecked, they can cause serious damage not only to your guttering, but also to your roof and fascia boards (the boards that runs along the lower edge of your roof).

Be sure to clean your gutters regularly and replace any damaged sections as soon as you notice them.

5. The caulking or sealant around windows and doors has failed

Caulking and sealant are used around openings such as windows and doors to create an airtight barrier that prevents water from getting inside.

But like everything else, caulking and sealant degrade over time, meaning they need to be replaced periodically (usually every three to five years). Failing to do so can result in serious water damage not only around windows and doors but also inside your walls themselves.

Suspect a broken pipe?

If you suspect that the water coming up through your floor is the result of a burst pipe, you should contact a leak detection specialist as soon as possible.

Broken pipes don’t heal themselves. At Miracle Leak Detection, we’re experts in finding and fixing all types of internal and external home water leaks.

Call us for free on 0800 037 7078 to speak to us about our guaranteed fixed prices.

Which service package is right for my leaking floor?

If you have water coming up through a floor in your home we would recommend one of our following two packages. The full details of each package can be found by clicking through for more details.

  • Trace Only Survey – Below Ground
  • Trace & Excavation – With Repair

Both of these packages include the tracing of an underground water leak in your home or outside in your garden.

Our trace and excavation packages also include the excavation and access of the affected area, as well as the repair of the broken pipe.


Trace Only Survey - Above Ground

£395plus VAT
£395plus VAT
Trace only survey
  • We'll use specialist tracing methods to locate the source of your internal water leak.

Trace Only Survey - Below Ground

£650plus VAT
£650plus VAT
Trace only survey
  • We'll use specialist tracing methods to locate the source of your underground water leak.

Trace & Access - With Repair

£800plus VAT
£800plus VAT
Trace & access internal
  • We'll detect a leak in your ceiling or wall, access the affected pipework and fix it there and then.
    • Pipe repair included.

Trace & Excavation - With Repair

£1,195plus VAT
£1,195plus VAT
Trace & excavation internal
  • Suspect a leak under the floor? Let us trace it, excavate/access it and repair your broken pipe.
    • Pipe repair included.

Trace & Excavation - With Repair

£1,295plus VAT
£1,295plus VAT
Trace & excavation external
  • External mains leaks can be hard to find and access. We'll trace, excavate & repair your supply pipe.
    • Pipe repair included.