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Household Leaks

Leaking taps and toilets can be major wasters of water.  Here's how you can find and fix leaks around your home easily and quickly.

Finding leaks around the home

Here are seven simple steps to find leaks around the home:

  • check for dripping taps (don't forget the hose taps outside including irrigation)
  • look and see if the toilet is running continuously into the bowl (putting a small amount of food colouring in the system helps show up any leakage), or put a piece of toilet paper on the back of the bowl above the water and watch to see if it gets wet 
  • check the outside overflow from the toilet for water dribbling out 
  • check the hot water overflow on the roof. If water is coming out of this it is wasting hot water - and that can be very expensive. This happens because the ajax valve into the hot water cylinder isn't working properly 
  • have a look around the garden - grass is often very lush above a leaking pipe
  • listen for running water at night when everything is quiet 
  • look at the red disc in the centre of your meter called a tell-tale.  If this is moving when no water is being used then water is going through the meter and you may have a leak.

Use your meter to find any leaks

You can check for leaks anytime everyone in your household will be away from the house for a while.

First of all make sure that all the things that use water are turned off (including the washing machine, the dishwasher, sprinkler system, and so on).

Then take the reading on your water meter (how to read your meter).

Leave the house empty for at least one hour then re-read the meter before going back into the house and using any water.

If there is any change in the reading then you have a leak.

Our Waterline team are happy to advise on the problem.  Call us on  07 577 7000

How to read your meter

Last Reviewed: 11/04/2017