Check for Leaks

Check for Leaks

Check for leaks

Checking for leaks around the home can save a large amount of water. A dripping tap can waste around two litres of water every hour. This can add up to 18,000 litres per year.

Leaks should be identified and repaired as soon as possible to avoid wasting water. Changing the washers usually fixes dripping taps. If this does not solve the problem, contact a licensed plumber. Leaking toilets and leaking pipes will generally need to be repaired by a licensed plumber.

Toilet leaks

A continuously running toilet can waste up to 60,000 litres of water per year, yet toilet leaks often go unnoticed as the water trickles down the back of the bowl.

Follow these simple steps to check if your toilet has a leak:

  1. Remove the lid of your toilet cistern.
  2. Place a few drops of food dye into the cistern.
  3. Do not flush your toilet for 10-15 minutes.
  4. If the dye has seeped down into the bowl when you return, then you have a leak.

Toilet leaks are often a result of the rubber valve in the cistern deteriorating. You can contact a licensed plumber to fix this for you.

It is important to check your toilet for leaks every few months so you can be sure it is not wasting any water.

Hidden Leaks

Leaks can occur anywhere on your property, they waste substantial amounts of water and may be hidden from view. To check for leaks, make sure that there is no water being used in or outside. Wait two hours and if the dials on your water meter are moving when no water is being used there may be a leak.