Household water leaks usually come in two forms, slow or large. A slow leak could be from a fixture – toilet, shower or tap. A large leak could be from the hot water cylinder or leaking pipes.
To check for leaks, please follow these steps:
- Turn off all taps and water using appliances in and around your premises.
- Check your water meter and take a meter reading. If the dials on your water meter are moving there could be a leak. If there is no movement on the dials, there may still be a slow leak.
- To check further for leaks, do not use any water for at least one hour, then take another reading. If the meter reading has changed, there may be a slow leak.
- To fix the leak, check all fixtures and fittings and/or call a licensed plumber.
Sometimes visual clues can help find the location of a leak outside the building, such as green grass patches when other areas are looking brown. Inside a building you may see brown spots or mould that could indicate a slow leak inside the walls/roof. However, if pipes are installed in sandy ground, the leaks can be much harder to detect without appropriate technology for leak detection.
Early leak detection will assist in saving costs for repairs and reduce water loss. As water consumers, we can all play our part in looking for leaks.