How to check for leaks

Leaks can occur in household water pipes, fittings and appliances.  They are not always visible, so the best method of detection is to read your water meter regularly.  If your consumption increases dramatically for no obvious reason, there could be a hidden leak.  

To check for leaks:

  1. Turn off every tap in the house and check the reading of your water meter. 
  2. Do not use any water (including the toilet) for at least 1 hour or overnight and check the meter before and after. 
  3. If the reading has increased, without using any water in and around the house, you have a leak.

TIP: Check the toilet system by putting a drop of food colouring into the cistern.  If the colour appears in the toilet bowl before flushing, you have a leak.

If you locate or suspect a leak, contact your plumber or contact us for assistance here.