Checking for leaks

A few drips? Who cares?

Ensuring that your house is free from leaks probably does not sound like something that you would consider to be too important, we usually fix them ourselves but sometimes we use these guys if the problem is too big. This is not true however, even a slight leak can add gallons of extra water usage a month, this is obviously not something to ignore! Losing even a small amount of money each month well and truly adds up. In this blog post, I will just be running through some simple ways to check for leaks in your house and what you should do to fix them/ maybe get someone to fix them for you!

Finding a leak:

The best way to check for leaks is to use your water meter and it is actually super easy to do. Just head outside and find your water meter, if you are unsure where it is they are usually out the front of your house. There are times where it may not be out the front of your house and if for some reason you cannot find your water meter you can ring the billing department and they will be able to help you find it.

After you have located your water meter, you need to ensure that you have no water in use on your premises. You would get a surprise if you were trying to check for leaks and your tap was running inside! You would think you were leaking at an alarming rate. Once you know no water is in use check the lead indicator on your water meter and ensure no leaks are being detected. The leak indicator could be a small triangular shaped dial or a small silver wheel that rotates when water is flowing through the meter. If the dial is moving chances are you do indeed have a leak. A leak can be pretty small so it is probably advisable to take down the water usage number, record it somewhere and then wait for a couple of hours. Make sure nobody in the house uses any water as this would make the whole exercise a waste of time. Check the usage number after the allotted time and if it has changed then you have a leak.

Where is it though?

Now we have to find it. We have to determine if the leak is in our outside of our house. What we need to do is:

  • Locate your homes main shut off valve and shut off the water at the valve. Normally you will find the shut-off valve in the basement or maybe in the garage directly behind an outdoor tap. It could also be below an outdoor tap.
  • Once again, check the leak indicator for movement or you can use the meter reading method, make sure there is no water running in your house once again during this period. If the leak indicator stops moving or there is no change in the meter readings, then you have a leak inside of the house. If the leak indicator continues to move or there is a change in the meter readings, then the leak is outside between the meter and the house.
  • Unfortunately, this isn’t an exact science and you may struggle to find the leak in this scenario it may be a good idea to call a plumber for assistance, the cost of a plumber will be worth it in the long run vs the cost of a constant leak. We use these guys, for all of our plumbing needs when we cannot get the work done ourselves.

I hope we could help slightly with this task, it’s not an easy one to get done but it is definitely necessary. Thank’s for reading.