How to do a quick DIY water leak detection test

Updated: Jan 6, 2021

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, 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 therefore it is counting down the litres and adding up to your next water bill.

Go back to your house and pay every bathroom, toilet, and kitchen a visit making sure that everything is closed. Should your toilets have a shut-off valve, it would be wise to close this valve as some toilets tend to leak through, making it difficult for the untrained eye to detect. Pay special attention to the outside toilet as this is the place that you rarely visit. Should you have an isolating valve outside the house to shut the water to your geyser, you should close this valve as well.

After making sure all the visible plumbing is shut 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 valve were shut, take a walk through the entire yard and look for wet patches and listen to any hissing sound on exposed pipes.

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