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How To Check If You Have A Water Leak Onsite

Did you know that more than three billion litres of water is lost through leakage every single day in England alone? Isn’t that a rather alarming fact!


As the pressures of climate change, urbanisation, globalisation and extreme weather events are felt increasingly as time goes on, it will become even more pressing to take action where water leaks are concerned – or we could find that demand outstrips supply quicker than it might otherwise do.


Luckily, there is a lot that can be done to address water leaks, particularly from a business perspective. One way to identify if you do have a problem like this is to consider bill validation, where a third party consultancy service reviews your bills to see if there have been any sudden spikes in usage, which could indicate a leak.


Another option is to consider switching water supplier, as they will carry out a site audit and you should be able to tell if there are any leaks, as a result.

Remember that leaks often happen tucked away below ground, so they can be very difficult to spot from just a visual inspection of your premises. Once leaks have been identified, you can then start carrying out repairs to ensure you don’t waste any more water, thus helping the environment and saving you money at the same time.


You can also check for leaks yourself as an initial step if you are worried that you may have one. It’s best to do this outside working hours, such as at a weekend, so you can turn the water off for a prolonged period without disrupting your operations.


To check for external leaks, locate your water meter. These are often underground or in a plant room, but if you’re a smaller company you may have an internal water meter instead. Then find your internal stop tap and close it by turning it clockwise.


Take a meter reading, wait an hour and then take a second reading. If you find the reading has changed within this timeframe, it’s highly likely that you have a leak somewhere onsite.


Internal leaks can be harder to find, as there are so many different points of origin to identify. It is likely that you will need the help of a professional service to assist you in finding these leaks, but you can check by turning off all your internal appliances and leaving the internal stop tap on, taking a reading before you shut up shop.


When you come back in the morning, take another reading. If they’re the same, you’re in luck and you don’t have a leak, but if they’re different, you may want to take immediate action to stop wasting water and money. If you’d like any further advice, get in touch with SwitchWaterSupplier.com today.