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3 Simple Ways to Detect Water Leaks

leaking pipesLeaking taps and faucets are one of the most common plumbing problems in Australian households. Often ignored, a leaking tap can waste as much as 2,000 litres of water per month. Without proper attention, this problem can quickly add up to your water bill. Below are the easy ways to detect leaks in your plumbing fixtures or water supply line. In lieu with this, we will be teaching you on how to read your water meter so that you can keep track on how much water you are using and most importantly to help you detect water leaks. The simple and easy steps are indicated below:

  1. Locating water meter – most of the water meter are found near your properly near the street, foot path or your lawn area. The water meter is usually hidden inside a concrete box with a metal lid. Remove the lid and you will see the water meter inside the concrete box. Wipe the meter so that you can see clearly the complete water meter face.
  2. Knowing the parts of the water meter – inside the water meter you can see one long hand that moves like a clock that actually measures how much water you are using and paying for. On the upper part of the water meter face you will see a small circular or triangular device that also rotates, that is what we called the leak indicator. It comes in different colours including blue, red, or silver.
  3. Detecting leaks by observing the leak indicator – first thing that you need to do is turn off all water faucets and water lines inside and outside the house. After turning off all the water lines go ahead and have a look again on your water meter and observe if the leak indicator is moving or not. If it is moving, then that simply indicates that you have a leak on your water lines.

Take note: A leak indicator has a limit and can only detect a constant stream of water where you are not able to see a break between the water droplets but for a slow drip on your faucet the leak indicator is unable to detect that type of leak.

Whether it is slow, steady drip or a stream on your water lines, always remember that it is still your water and it can drive up your water bill. As the water leaves the meter from the street, the water will be your responsibility. We, as the homeowner, should be aware that the water connection once the water leaves the water meter and all the waters used after the water meter may it be your plant water splinters, yard water and any source of water are our responsibility. Knowing on how to detect early leaks for your water lines can save you up from having to pay huge water bills and can also help you fix the issue as soon as possible.