How to find the source of a leak

If you have a leak, it can soon turn into a disaster.

Finding the source of a leak can often put a stop to a small leak, before it causes a big problem.

Signs you may have a leak:

If you suspect you have a leak but aren’t sure where it’s coming from, there are some common places to start looking. Even if you don’t suspect a leak, check these areas regularly to nip any potential issues in the bud.

Areas to check if you suspect a leak

The toilet

Toilets are a common offender when it comes to leaks. If you think your toilet might be leaking, add a few drops of food colouring to the water in the tank. If you notice the colour in the toilet bowl changing colour without the toilet being flushed then it’s a sign that water is leaking somewhere between the tank and the toilet. Check the base of the toilet for any sign of water, if you notice it is leaking, it’s time to call a plumber.

The bathroom

If your bathroom smells musty, has mould or mildew growth or there are any damp spots on walls, floors or ceilings then it is a sign that your fixtures, fittings or hidden pipes might be leaking.


As we just touched on, there are many pipes around your home that you aren’t able to see. This can be one of the most difficult areas to spot a leak and unfortunately by the time it becomes apparent, some significant damage may already be done.

If you notice any signs that you may have a leak but can’t find the source, it’s time to call a professional.

AMS Plumbing Gold Coast has the tools, experience and knowledge to locate the source of a leak, assess the water damage and put a stop to it.