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Top Household Water Leaks and How You Can Protect Yourself from Expensive Water Bills

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Water leaks are some of the most common and headache-inducing problems a homeowner or tenant will inevitably have to deal with at some point in their lives.

The most common water leaks are often easily discovered, either through dripping taps, showerheads or toilets. Although these are oftentimes the most common water leaks, if left unfixed for long periods of time, they can be costly. In fact, one slowly dripping tap can waste approximately 9,000 litres of water a year, whereas a visibly leaking toilet can waste more than 60,000 litres annually, representing a significant waste of water and an expensive water bill for you.

While most water leaks are easy to discover, some other leaks are not as noticeable and can go undetected for long periods of time. The more common leaks that most people are unaware of are due to older pipes being prone to rust and corrosion or seriously clogged pipes that eventually burst. This showcases why homeowners should have their pipes checked regularly to ensure you can catch a leak before it goes unnoticed for months or even years.

Some common signs of a water leak include:

  • The sound of trickling water, despite all taps being turned off
  • Wet spots on the floors or walls
  • Patches of mould
  • Stains
  • Larger than normal water bill
  • Musty smell
  • Low water pressure

The easiest way to detect a leak is through your water meter. If you suspect that you may have a water leak, a recommended best practice is to perform a simple check. Simply turn off all the water inside and outside your home. If you meter records water use, you likely have a leak. This test just scratches the surface and may not detect small leaks or their exact location.

Get ahead of the inevitable and contact Fair Water Meters. We offer the industry’s first automatic leak detection and alerting capability. Give us a call today to learn more about the peace of mind we can offer homeowners and managers of apartment complexes.


Jul 19, 2021April 12, 2021


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