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What is a water audit?

One of the systems in a property that is often overlooked when it is functioning properly, is the water supply system. If the property is receiving a flow of water, it is easy to think that everything is fine. But this might not be the case and that’s why conducting a water audit can be an important process to undertake.

How water audits work

The process of a water audit normally starts on a computer by studying bills that you have received. The aim is to accumulate the following information over a period of time: • Consumption • Metering • Waste water costs • Surface water charges • Standing/fixed charges • Tariffs

The aim of this is to look for patterns and changes to them. For example, if your waste water costs have been consistent for months then suddenly changed, this might indicate a problem with your waste water pipe.

Physical assessment

Once you have the data from your bills, it is then time to turn to leak experts to help with a physical assessment of the property. This will involve a site survey checking physical use and distribution of water such as flow and pressure monitoring and the checking of the actual infrastructure of pipes.

When considering your plumber for the water audit, check whether they have the most innovative tool in leak detection: the Ferret Leak Locator. This device uses a simple hydraulic process to find leaks and is a low-cost alternative to many acoustic systems. This allows a simple process to identify the leak with minimal disruption to your property and your time.

Another element of the physical assessment would be checking water quality. If there is a leak and bacteria have gained access to the pipe system, this could have compromised the quality of water into the property. By checking for any problems relating to the leak, possible health problems can be averted.

Reduce your water bills and your waste

While it may seem a lot of work for the water system on your property, there are any number of benefits that can come from ensuring your water supply is in top condition. The main one is reducing the risk of a burst pipe and therefore a substantial water leak – these can cause a huge amount of damage to a property.

You may also be able to reduce your water bills if the leak has been making you appear to consume more water than you do. This is especially true if you are on a water meter or live in areas prone to drought where excessive use can be penalised. And finally, you can do your bit for the environment, reducing waste water and the chance that the escaping water is causing damage to the surrounding area.

If you’re a plumber or waterboard looking for more information about the Ferret Leak Locator, get in touch by calling us on 0800 292 2835. Alternatively, you can fill in our contact form and we will get back to you.