Leaks in road or footpath
We're doing all we can to prevent leaks, but if you see one in the road or footpath, please report it. As soon as we know about a leak we can sort it! Please use our report a leak form .
Leaks in your home
If you think you may have a leak in your home, our step-by-step guide (PDF 140 KB opens in a new window) will help you locate it. You're responsible for repairing any leaks you find on the pipework inside your home. Our need a plumber page will help you find a plumber you can trust.
Leaks on your water supply pipe
The water supply pipe is the pipe which brings water into your home from our main in the street. You are responsible for the maintenance of this pipe however, if you find a leak on this pipe we may be able to repair it under the terms of our private leak investigation scheme (PDF 659 KB opens in a new window). The video opposite explains this in more detail.
Your leak questions answered...
What causes pipes to leak?
Leaks happen for lots of different reasons, it could be that the underground pipe's old or it's been damaged - sometimes arctic weather can freeze and crack the pipe; tree roots can get a hold, or building work being done near to the pipe can cause problems.
Why doesn't United Utilities know where all the leaks are?
Underground pipes can leak and burst anywhere and even though we're doing all we can to prevent leaks and get them fixed quickly, they can be difficult to find, so we really appreciate your extra help.
When is a leak not a leak?
It's usually simple to identify a leak, it's often clear water which can be trickling or gushing from the ground. Water lying over a drain after it's been pouring down, probably isn't a leak, if you're not sure, let us know about it.