Plumbing Leak – Garage Ceiling Water Leak

Buying a home without a leak detection inspection is very risky these days.

Recently in South Auckland I did a post purchase thermal imaging leak test on a home… what a result! (see photo below)

Why was it a ‘post’ purchase inspection, rather than a ‘pre’ purchase inspection? Can you believe the seller wouldn’t let the potential buyers inside to inspect the home prior to purchase… ‘because it was a mortgagee sale!’

This was a shambles… the price of the property was ‘to good to refuse’, so the buyer got emotional and went ahead and purchased the house anyway. 4 days later I get a call to come a check the house for leaks.

You can clearly see the leak in this image below because you’re looking at it through the eyes of an infrared camera…. but could the human eye see it? No.

Major Leak from Faulty Plumbing
Major Leak from Faulty Plumbing

There was a bathroom directly above this area which is the primary suspect. In this case, the plumber will most likely break the gib open on the garage ceiling and repair the leak(s) from underneath.

If you are prepared to buy a home in NZ without testing for leaks first, then you’re clearly taking a big risk. This one should be easy to fix… but, the sale price may have been lower had this issue been discovered prior to handing over the $$$.

Leak Appearing on Ceiling – Deck Built Directly Above

Do you have a room in your home that has a deck built directly above it?

Any signs of leaks on the ceiling or wall below the deck?

Today I did a leak detection on a home that had an interesting outcome. The home owner noticed a drip coming through the tounge and groove on a rimu ceiling. His immediate reaction was to suspect the leak was penetrating from around the decking above. The frustrating part was that he had the deck completely resealed just one year ago.

Using thermal imaging and a moisture meter, I was able to pinpoint the leak source… it turned out to be tracking from behind a wall in a storage cupboard on the second floor. There was a gutter downpipe that was built in behind the cedar cladding in one section, and as you would expect, the source of the leak was hidden in behind there. Using my non-invasive leak detection equipment I picked up the leak on the interior gib board that backed directly onto the drain pipe. The wall looked completely clean without any visual sign of moisture, so there was really no chance of finding it without thermal imaging unless the gib was pulled off… and that would still have been a guess.

After getting that far, we pulled out the measuring tape and took some measurements from the nearest exterior walls to see if the leak source would correspond to the area below where the leak was visually dripping from between the rimu boards. Our measurements were bang on target… so that was that leak issue solved!

This detection was another classic example of a leak coming from somewhere totally different then first thought.

Call us for a free over the phone quote on any moisture or leak issues you may have in your home!


Find a Leak in Ceiling

The fastest way to find a leak in your ceiling could be using thermal imaging… in just minutes, we can see exactly where excess water in your ceiling could be accumulating from the interior of your home. We can also detect missing insulation. 

This leak in this photo has originated from the ceiling and worked its way down around the interior wall….

Would you have seen this leak in the ceiling and the extent of the leak? Our company specialises in water leak detection within building envelopes. We would have seen this leak coming down from the ceiling within minutes with our new thermal imaging technology, thus saving you time and money.

Contact us today for a free quote!