Did you know its “seek a leak” week? Let’s all get on board and take 5 minutes out of our busy schedules this week to check for water leaks in our homes.
Its simple. Just follow the Water Corporation’s 3 step check:
- Find your water meter (usually located at the front of your property).
- Test for leaks by turning off all the taps and water-using appliances in your home. Got to your water meter and record the black and red numbers shown on the top of your meter. Wait for 15 minutes, then check to see if the red numbers have changed. If they have, then you have a leak!
- Seek the leak. Inspect the taps and toilets in your home to see if they are dripping or running continuously. Check your washing machine and dishwasher connections to be sure they are not leaking. Go outside and check your garden hoses and retic to ensure they are not running and that your air conditioning units are not dripping. A good clue that there might be a hidden leak in your pipework is if an area of your grass or lawn is soggy or greener than the rest of your lawn or if you find damp or discoloured patches on your walls or ceilings.
What do I do if I think I have a leak?
Easy. Just call Bell Plumbing & Gas on 0410 662 469. We will assess your home for leaks and detect any damaged pipework, hoses, toilet cisterns or hot water systems using non-invasive methods. You can be assured that we will isolate any problem areas and make repairs before more damage is done to your home.
Additionally, if you have had a hidden leak for a while, you may notice a large increase in your water usage on your next bill from the Water Corporation. In this instance, you may be eligible for a leak allowance. If Bell Plumbing & Gas repair your hidden leak, we can complete a leak allowance form for you and submit it to the Water Corporation. Alternatively, you can download the form yourself but note, a licensed plumber or a waterwise garden irrigator must first repair the leak.
Did you know…
- A burst pipe can waste up to 60 litres of water per minute or 86,000 litres of water in just one day.
- A running toilet wastes around 9,000 litres of water a year.
- Each dripping tap in your home can waste more than 10,000 litres of water in a year.
- If you install a WELS 3* showerhead, you can reduce your shower water by 25%.
- Replacing a single flush toilet with a dual flush system could save 90 litres of water a day.
- By upgrading to a water efficient washing machine, you could potentially save up to 50 litres of water in every load!