Use Your Water Meter to Check for Hidden Water Leaks
Read the water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak. There are many causes for water loss and you might have to call in a leak detection professional. However there are some simple checks you can conduct in and around your home and office:
- Check Faucets and Pipes for Leaks
- Dripping taps / faucets are an easy way to spot a leak, and it’s amazing how much water will go to waste from one dripping tap / faucet. It is estimated that a small drip from a worn washer can waste 90ℓ of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of litres. Some leaks are easily spotted, but others take a little more effort to locate. Dry sinks and tubs thoroughly and allow to sit for an hour. If you notice wetness, you’ve found a leak. To find leaks from tap / faucet handles, dry the area around them before running water. You’ll see water collecting next to them if there’s a leak.
- Check Your Toilets for Leaks
- Another place to start establishing where a possible leak might be is your toilet as it won’t always be audible. Put a little food colouring in your tank / cistern. If, without flushing, the colour begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately. Most replacement parts are inexpensive and easy to install.
Not only can an undetected water leak cause major damage over an extended period, it will also encourage harmful mold to build up. Often above ceiling boards or within wall cavities giving the chance for mold to spread throughout. Symptoms of mycotoxin and black mold poisoning can appear similar to those of an upper respiratory tract infection, such as the flu or common cold. Water could also be entering your roof through cracked roof tiles etc, that water needs to be diverted into your gutter and rainwater harvesting tank if you have rather than into your home or office causing damage. The 2,000ℓ ThinTank supplied by Infinity Tanks is the perfect solution to rainwater harvesting, contact us today for a quotation.
Have you established a water leak at home or office? How did you establish and how did you repair the leak?
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