All of us are well aware of the fact that water is a scares recourse and a necessity for living. It has become a commodity and therefore carries a hefty price tag only to increase in future beyond our comprehension. It is therefore imperative that the detection of a water leak be done as soon as the problem becomes evident and wastage of water be prevented at all cost to firstly, spare our limited resources and secondly to spare you from paying your hard earned savings towards a hefty water bill.
It is common that most people only realise they have a water leak once the water account arrives as most of these water leaks are concealed underground, under concrete, paving or in walls and are usually not visible. As soon as you become aware of the possibility of a water leak, or want to make sure you don’t have any concealed leaks do the following:
Go to your municipal water meter and see whether or not the meter is turning. If the meter is found turning, it means that water is passing through the water meter and it is counting down the litres and adding up to your next water bill.
Go back to your house and inspect every bathroom, toilet, and kitchen making sure that everything is closed. Should your toilets have shut-off valves, it would be wise to close these valves as some toilets tend to leak, making it difficult for an untrained eye to detect. If applicable pay special attention to the outside toilet, as this is the place that rarely gets any visitors. Should you have an isolating valve outside the house to close the water to your geyser, you should close this valve as well.
After making sure all the visible plumbing is closed and not leaking, go back to the municipal meter and see whether the meter has stopped turning or not. If at this point the meter is found standing still, it is most likely to assume that one of the things that you closed is causing the leak and you should now go back and open them one at a time to see which one causes the meter to turn.
If on the other hand, you found the meter still running after all the stop valves have been closed, take a walk through your entire yard and look for wet patches and listen to any hissing sounds on exposed pipes.
Should you not find any visible sign of a water leak and all the above mentioned was done, and the meter is still turning, it is undoubtedly time to call one of our expert leak detection specialists to come out and assist you in finding the leak. Our specialists use state of the art equipment to accurately find the position of the leak were after a free quotation will be given for one of our plumbing teams to come and repair the leak.