Identifying a water leak early can save you money and reduce the risk of any potential damage to your home or property. Here are a few signs to look out for if you suspect that you may have a leak in your tap.
One of the best and easiest ways to check if you have a leak is to check your water meter. Firstly, you need to turn off the water in your home. Turn off all the taps and make sure you have nothing running like your dishwasher or washing machine. Then check your meter to see if it has changed. If it does change immediately, you may have a fast-moving leak. If it does not move check back in a few hours to ensure that it is not a slow-moving leak.
If your water usage has significantly increased but the water usage habits in your house have not changed, a leak could be to blame. Compare your other most recent bills to identify any increases. Remember the leak may be caused by a pipe underground. It is always best to have it checked by a plumber as you will not be able to see these leaks.
Leaks do not only just happen inside your home, but they can happen outside too! Check your outdoor taps by attaching a hose and see if water leaks through the connection whilst the hose is running. Even the smallest leak can cause an increase in your water bill!
If you suspect that your toilet may be leaking place a few drops of food colouring in the tank. Without flushing the toilet, look for the food colouring in the bowl. If it appears, it means you have a leak.
Get into the routine of checking underneath your sinks and in the cupboards for any mould or foul smells that may indicate that you have a leaking tap. Make sure you check your hot water systems and air conditioning units as they also can leak. If you believe you have found a leak, call a professional! Do not wait until it gets worse as this could cause damage to your property.