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Internal leak tracing & pipe repair

A water leak inside of your home can cause significant damage to your property and possessions, occasionally beyond repair.

Our non-invasive leak tracing methods, combined with the skill of our expert technicians, allows for the fast detection of your leak with minimal disruption.

Discover how to find a leak early and keep the cost of your repair as low as possible.

Protecting your home from water damage

Over one quarter of all buildings and contents insurance claims in the UK are due to leaking or burst pipes, often referred to in your policy as an escape of water.

Wherever you live and regardless of whether you own your home, a water leak is always a problem. Even the smallest hint of a fractured pipe could lead to serious flooding if left to deteriorate.

Not only that, but wastage of water because of a leak can cause your utility bills to rise and compromise the structural integrity of your property.

Internal water leak guide

  1. Know if you have an internal leak
  2. How we trace home water leaks
  3. Where to check for an escape of water?
  4. Home water leak FAQs

How to know if you have an internal water leak

Unless water is visibly pouring through your ceiling or dripping from your wall, it can be difficult to even notice a water leak exists in your home. Fortunately, we have a few tips that can help.

  • Have you been surprised by usually high water bills? While it’s common for water usage to fluctuate throughout the year, if you’ve received a bill from your water company that doesn’t seem to reflect your actual usage, it may signal a hidden leak requiring immediate attention.
  • Keep an eye on your water usage. It’s tempting to overlook everything on your water bill except the price, but we highly recommend reviewing your monthly statements or online account to spot any anomalies.
  • Are you experiencing low water pressure? A leak in your home can cause the pressure of your supply to drop, resulting in slower running taps and showers. A noticeable change in water pressure with no wider issue reported by your supplier should be investigated.
  • Have you noticed unusual levels of mould, condensation or smell of damp? The escape of water from broken internal pipes can cause significant areas of damp or mould to develop in your home. We recommend that you urgently investigate the cause of dampness and condensation that you can’t otherwise account for.
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How we detect and repair broken pipes

We offer a fixed price trace and access service following the completion of a free visual inspection of your property. This visual inspection does not involve the use of any specialist leak detection equipment, but allows us to accurately gauge and price the work required.

Upon instruction to complete trace and access works, we will use one or a variety of the methods to locate the leak in your internal water pipe before providing you with a further option for its repair.

These methods include the use of tracer gas, thermal imaging and endoscopic cameras.

1. Call 0800 037 7078

Our trace and access services are approved by all UK insurance companies. Call us for free today to discuss your situation and book in a free visual inspection by one of our expert technicians.

2. We’ll inspect your leak for free

Upon booking, we will carry out a free visual inspection of your reported water leak to provide you with a structured price for the trace, access and repair. The visual inspection will not find your leak by itself.

3. Get a fixed price to find your leak

We know how frustrating it can be when a price changes throughout a job. The price we quote you for the work will be the price you pay. Plus, we’ll provide you with a detailed report to submit to your insurance company.

Where to check for an escape of water?

If you’d like to check for the source of your suspected leak before you give us a call, we recommend the starting with the following locations in your home.

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Your hot water tank and boiler

Leaks present within your boiler or hot water tank should be easy to spot. If nothing is obvious, listen for hissing sounds or look for signs of leakage on the floor below. Check all valves and pipes into the systems for signs of disrepair.

Showers, taps and toilets

Bathrooms and kitchens are prime culprits for internal water leaks purely due to their heavy usage and various moving parts. Leaks is these areas are often detected by the sound of constant dripping, but as we said above, it’s also important to notice changes in water pressure from any regularly used outlet.

In your front or rear garden

Water travels through mains water pipes at high pressure and can cause substantial damage when a hole is created by corrosion, the weather or simple old age. If your garden is showing signs or saturation or subsidence, it could indicate the presence of a leaking mains pipe below the surface.

Your central heating system

Central heating should keep you warm, not get you wet. A frequent loss of boiler pressure is a sign of a leak in your pipework. Use your instincts to follow pipework around radiators to source damp patches on your walls, or even faults on the radiators themselves.

Your roof and ceilings

Water leaks from your ceiling are often the result of broken pipes or a leak in the roof itself. The most common areas for ceiling leaks are below wet areas such as bathrooms and toilets. Leaks in your ceiling are hard to miss, but the damage they can cause is easy to imagine.

Your everyday appliances

Our homes are full of appliances that rely on water. From washing machines to dishwashers, slight changes in positions through vibrations, impact or readjustments can loosen valves and pipes, leading to leaks.

Home water leak FAQs

Dealing with insurance companies can be a frustrating experience, especially when you’re claiming for cover you’ve probably never needed before. We’ve included some of the most common questions regarding internal water leaks below.

Remember, if you still have a question, you can call us now on 0800 037 7078.

What should I do if I find a water leak at home?

The very first thing you should do if you suspect water is leaking within your home or garden is to turn off your stop tap and take the following actions to protect your belongings. The next thing you should do is call us.

  • Locate and turn off your stop tap and boiler
  • For external leaks, also locate your external stop value
  • Drain your system by open all taps
  • Soak up and block off escaping water with thick towels.
  • Switch off your electrics at the mains if you believe they have been compromised by water

Can I minimise my chances of having a water leak in future?

The saying prevention is better than cure could save you thousands of pounds when it comes to safeguarding your property against future water leaks.

Pipes rarely just burst. The vast majority of escape of water insurance claims are the result of gradual deterioration of relatively minor problems over time.

We highly recommend using a professional plumber to carry out all pipework repair and installation, especially when internal installation requires pipes to be buried within concrete floors and cavities.

Regular inspections of your pipework, your boiler pressure and your central heating system will allow you to notice irregular changes in appearance or performance.

Learn where your stop cocks and isolators are so you’re ready to act in case of a leak. These are usually found under the sink in your kitchen.

We find leaks throughout the UK

Water leaks can happen at any time and can go unnoticed for weeks, months or even years. Miracle Leak Detection offers an unrivalled five-star trace and access service across the UK.

Visit the links below to explore our most visited counties. including Hertfordshire, Surrey and London. You can also find us on Google.


Get your water leak found and fixed fast in all areas of Hertfordshire, from Bishops Stortford and St Albans, to Watford and Ware.

Hertfordshire Home Leaks


We cover all areas in Surrey and south London, including Guildford, Epsom, Haslemere and more. View all of our Surrey locations below.

Surrey Home Leaks


Need us to find your leak in London? We work throughout greater London and the suburbs, as well as deep within the heart of the city itself.

London Home Leaks
Water Leak DetectionEpsom, Surrey

I cannot recommend Miracle Leak Detection highly enough. We've dealt with numerous tradespeople and this gentleman is an absolute star. He is a thoroughly professional guy, gave very good advice, was not pushy or over-bearing and is also a genuinely nice person. He knows his stuff and we would not go anywhere else. 10/10!

Trace & Access ClaimWeybridge, Surrey

Excellent timekeeping, explained regularly how he was getting on and gave a guarantee that he would find the water leak by that evening even though it took him a few hours! I would recommend him strongly to anyone who needs help especially at short notice!

Fixed faulty heating pipeGodalming, Surrey

Miracle Leak Detection saved me after our boiler lost pressure in the middle of a freezing cold night. An engineer arrived the next morning after I called to look for the source of the problem. He was very professional and promptly got my heating back without any hassle. I would happily recommend him to my family and friends.