Have you ever received a water bill and been shocked at the amount you owe? You know your usage has been around the same as usual. You’ve had no guests staying so no extra showers or washing since the last bill, and yet the meter reading shows consumption you can’t account for.
Hidden Water Leaks can be Costly
That extra consumption showing up as an increased cost on your bill is most likely a leak. If it is on your property, up to the water meter and sewer connection point, you are responsible for the repair and associated costs. To check for a leak, especially one concealed behind a wall, under concrete or a broken pipe underground is simple.
How do I know if I have a Leak?
First, turn off all taps, the washing machine, dishwasher and other plumbed in devices. Read the water meter and record all the numbers. Leave the water meter tap on. Wait at least an hour, then do the reading again. During that hour, do not use any water or flush the toilet. If the numbers are now different, you may have a concealed leak.
The toilet is the easiest place to start your search. Put a few drops of food colouring into the cistern, and then wait to see if the coloured water reaches the bowl. If it does, the toilet is leaking. If you don’t want to use food colouring, place a sheet of toilet paper on the back wall of the bowl above the water line. If it stays dry, the toilet is not the problem. Call a plumber who will find and repair the leak.
Turn a Nuisance Leak into a Classy Bathroom Reno
If the leak is behind the wall in the bathroom, repairing it usually involves pulling out tiles and sheeting to assess the extent of the damage. This is the ideal opportunity, especially in an older bathroom, to contact us here at Budget Shower Screens. In fact, we do quite a lot of work because of concealed leaks. Often, there is considerable damage, so the owners combine the repair work with a bathroom renovation.
Time for Some Prevention
Once the work is finished and the owners are happy with their elegant, modern shower screen, they look for ways to prevent similar situations recurring. The plumber may put new washers in all the taps or be asked to assess the rest of the plumbing for any other repairs that need attention.
We have seen some clients install a water leak detector that automatically switches off the water when it detects a leak, a burst pipe or even a tap left running. With everything repaired and under control, the next water bill should not be such a shock.