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Save Each Drop - Fixing leaks

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Dripping taps

Dripping taps can waste more than 16,000 litres (16 kilolitres) of water per year. The amount of water wasted depends on the severity of the leak, however, even a tap which drips a few times a minute will add up to a noticeable impact on your bill over the course of a year.
Dripping taps occur mainly when fixtures are continuously turned off too tightly and, over time, the pressure on the washer causes it to deteriorate. A dripping tap can often be fixed simply by changing the washers.
Replacing a tap washer is quite simple, however, if you have a hot water system in your ceiling it is recommended you contact a licensed plumber.

Leaking toilets

Leaking toilets can have a huge impact on your water bill, and are one of the most common ways in which water goes to waste around the house. Yet toilet leaks often go unnoticed as the water trickles down the back of the bowl. To check if your toilet has a leak, follow these simple steps

  1. Remove the lid of your toilet cistern
  2. Place a few drops of food dye in the cistern
  3. Do not flush your toilet for 10-15 minutes
  4. If the dye has seeped into the bowl after that time, you have a leak.

Toilet leaks are often a result of the rubber valve in the cistern deteriorating. You can contact a licensed plumber to fix this for you.

Leaking pipes

Major leaks can often occur when a pipe ruptures or bursts. Older pipes are particularly susceptible to this. Sometimes, the leak will be noticeable due to continuously damp patches in your garden or lawn, areas of your lawns which are greener and more lush than the rest of your lawn, or water continuously running over your footpaths or driveway.
However, many leaks may not be detectable as the water may simply run away or drain onto somebody else’s property. The best way to check for leaks is by reading your water meter. Turn all taps and any appliances that use water off. Overnight is a good time to do this test. If the dials on your meter move, yet you have not used any water, you may have a leak and should contact your plumber as soon as possible to investigate.

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