How to check for a leak at your property
Common sources of leaks in the home include toilets, dripping taps, showers, radiators and pipework.
Also look out for poorly plumbed appliances and overflows from a water tank or cistern in the loft. Check outside taps too.
Some leaks are hidden from view and easy to miss. If you're on a meter, a higher than normal bill may mean that there is a leak on one of your pipes or appliances.
Not sure where your meter is?
- Inside: it’s normally fitted close to your internal stop tap, which in many homes is under the kitchen sink, in the downstairs loo, on in your garage.
- Outside: usually near the boundary of your home, such as in the front garden, your drive or in the footpath. You may need a screwdriver to lift the outer lid.
You can also sometimes find it in a wall-mounted box on the side of your home.
Now you can check your meter in a few simple steps:
- Turn off all the taps and appliancesin the house that use water.
- Wait 30 minutes to allow any tanks and cisterns to fill up, then write down your current meter reading (including the red digits).
- Take a second reading after at least two hours, or overnight, making sure no water has been used in the meantime.
- Check the meter reading again, especially the red digits. If the reading is higher, this means there could be a leak in your home.
If you're not on a meter, signs of a leak could be:
- Loss of pressure
- Areas of lush vegetation – could be a symptom of a recent leak during dry periods
- Areas of reduced vegetation – this could be a symptom of a long term leak
- Damp patches on walls, floors or carpets
- Mould on ceilings and walls
- A constant noise of flowing water coming from the pipes in your home.
If you have a leak on your supply pipe outside your home, check with your water supplier as they may be able to help repair it. If you think you have a leak inside your property you'll need to contact a plumber. You can use our postcode search to find a WaterSafe recognised plumber near you.
For further information on being more water efficient