As we know, water damage can have disastrous consequences on any property — interrupting routines, presenting unforeseen expenses, and even putting the health and safety of inhabitants at risk.

And, while some water damage issues are unpredictable, many problems can be prevented when the source is found early. With the primary purpose of protecting buildings from potential financial and structural disruption, the installation of a water leak detection system not only provides peace of mind but can reduce insurance premiums and boost green credentials too.

Of course, the most obvious casualty from a burst pipe is the bottom line – due to pricey repairs and unavoidable building closures. But, in truth, it’s often the small, unidentified leaks which can often cost the most – sneaking under the radar and adding additional pounds and pence to your annual bill.

In these situations, the old adage is true — forewarned is forearmed. It’s best to know exactly whose remit it is to prevent water damage, but also organise repairs should the worst happen. Here’s the lowdown of whose responsibility a water leak really is in a residential property…

A private home or flat

In our experience, many people are unaware upon purchasing their home that they will be responsible for the maintenance and repair of all pipework within — and leading up to — the property. And, unfortunately it is often discovered too late in the day.

As the owner, you should ensure the water supply pipe — which is possibly one of the most important assets in the home — is checked regularly and, as it is prone to wear and tear, replaced every 10-15 years.

A rented property

Before entering into a rental agreement with your landlord, we’d recommend carefully reading through the tenancy agreement to ensure there are no nasty surprises with the fine print.

In most cases however, the landlord’s obligations lie in the repair and maintenance of external pipes, drains, and gutters, the installation of water, gas, electricity and ensuring proper working order is preserved throughout the lease.

In the unfortunate event of a leak where damage is caused to elements such as the carpet or decoration, it will fall to the tenant to repair and replace.

We hope we’ve provided some useful insight into arming yourself against water damage within the property. To discuss our water leak detection systems with a qualified advisor, please call the Waterguard team on 01226 244200.