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Water wise - Fixing leaks

 

Dripping taps 

  • Did you know dripping taps can waste more than 16,000 litres of water per year? A dripping tap can add up to a noticeable impact on your bill over the course of a year.
  • Continuously turning a tap  off too tightly can cause the washer to deteriorate. 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • For more information on what to do if you think you have a leak, click here