1. First, shut off all taps but leave your internal stop tap open. It's really important you don't use appliances or the bathroom during the test.
2. Take a meter reading, making sure to read all the digits and dials.
3. Leave a reasonable amount of time before taking the second reading. It's useful to take a reading before you go to bed, and take the second reading the following morning.
4. Take your second reading.
5. First, shut off all taps and the internal stop tap. You can usually find your stop tap under the kitchen sink or in a connecting garage. Check the water is off by turning the kitchen tap on, until the flow of water stops. If the water continues to flow then you have not fully shut off the internal stop tap or it is faulty and needs replacing.
6. Take a meter reading. Read all the digits and dials.
7. Leave a reasonable amount of time before taking another reading. Like with the first step of your test, a good time to do this test is in the evening before going to bed.
8. Take a second reading the following morning before reopening the internal stop tap.
If your meter reading is higher after Step 4, but not after Step 8, the problem is likely on your private pipework.
For all private leaks, we recommend you check your insurance policies, in case you have cover for leak repairs. If the leak is private, please use a WaterSafe plumber to repair it, and let us know the date of repair and the meter readings.
Where a leak is found on our pipes, we will arrange a repair.