Is water leak detection considered an emergency?

When you take a second to think about the complexity of the plumbing that runs throughout your entire home, it’s pretty obvious that it’s somewhat a minefield. 

From the mains that travel under the street to your home to provide you with water and waste removal, to the pipes that deliver water to your kitchen sink. They’re constantly being used to ensure that your home is a safe and healthy place to be. However, over the years it’s only natural for wear and tear to occur and for pipes to become faulty… Wear and tear can lead to things like leaks that if left untreated can become seriously costly and potentially dangerous for you and your family. 

But to answer your question : “is water leak detection considered an emergency?” In most cases, it’s  considered ‘urgent’ but not necessarily an emergency. 

Here at Drains Plus we recommend that you contact your plumber as soon as you suspect that you may have a leak, leaving it until it becomes a serious problem is risky business. 

So what sorts of problems can occur when a leak is left untreated?

Well, we’re so glad you asked. Here are some of the most common problems that can occur. 



When leaks are left unattended for a period of time you may begin to notice mould and/or fungi in your home. These organisms produce spores that pollute the air and are sometimes detrimental to your health.

When water comes into contact with these spores their growth is triggered and you could very quickly end up with a nasty and dangerous mess. 


Structural damage 

Aside from nasty spores filling your lungs, leaks can also cause major structural damage to your home. 

When water enters materials such as drywall, it causes it to warp and swell, changing moisture levels and eventually compromising your home’s support system, beams and integrity, 



This one’s a little less obvious but just as dangerous… 

Imagine if water from a leak accidentally reaches an electrical outlet or appliance, it’d easily cause an electric short which could cause sparks which could very quickly ignite into an uncontrollable fire that could threaten lives and your property.


A water leak can turn into an emergency if left unchecked for an extended period of time. 

So, if you notice a leak in your home, go ahead and shut off the main valve and get in touch with a plumber ASAP. You may be a fond DIY-er but some things are best left up to the licensed professionals.

It’s also a good idea to schedule regular plumbing maintenance to ensure that your home’s plumbing is on top of its game. 

If you’re based in Perth and are dealing with a blocked drain or in need of a plumber – don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance.