Leaks from pipes, plumbing fixtures and fittings are a significant source of water waste for many households.
Research has shown that the typical home can lose 5000 to 60 000 Liters of water per year due to leaks. Some leaks are obvious, such as dripping faucets and leaking Geysers. Unfortunately, many leaks go undetected for years because the source of the leak is not visible. Larger leaks or a combination of small leaks can often be detected by your water meter. Using your water meter you can perform a simple water account recon and leak check with the following steps:
- Make sure all water is turned off inside and outside the home.
- Check that your meter is working by opening a garden tap and see if the meter is turning
- Remember, this test must be reformed when no automatic water equipment is used, such as irrigation controllers, clothes washers, dishwashers, etc.
- Record the reading of the water meter, and wait 15 minutes. Be certain no one uses any water during this time.
- Record the reading of the meter again. If the meter has recorded water use during the test, it might be due to a leak.
- Verify that the water use is not due to small appliances such as water filters, water softeners, or whole house humidifiers.
- Remember, even when leaks are detected, this test does not indicate the location of the leaks.
- If you know that you have a leak, it would be prudent to call in a specialist leak detector to confirm the location of the leaks.
- When hiring the services of a leak detector, ensure that they are:
- Part of a registered plumbing company
- Have the required equipment
- Gas tracing
- Thermal imaging systems (when necessary)
- Pipe tracing devices (Utilitrac etc)
- Have a solid reputation and minimum 5 years experience
If you need any assistance, Plumbing Johannesburg has over 10 years in leak detection experience. We are able to assist and send a specialist out if and when necessary. We are also able to change and replace faulty water meters if needed