Is it a leak, or are you just using more water?
You may suspect you have a private leak because your bill is higher than normal. Although it's great to check, you should first make sure it's not because you're just using more water than normal.
Here are some things that may cause your bill to be higher than normal:
- Have you been washing your hands more lately?
- Have you had guests stay over who have used your shower or bath?
- Are you watering your garden more than normal?
- Have you had a new appliance installed that may be using more water?
If you've found yourself using more water than you would normally, we've written up some super easy ways to save water at home.
Leakstop is a service for homeowner customers, if you're a business, Retailer or Developer please get in touch.
How to spot a private leak
There are two kinds of leaks, ones that occur on our pipework and so are our responsibility, and ones that occur on your private pipework. The ones on your pipework requires you, or the homeowner, to repair. Here are some signs that you might have an private leak on your pipeworks:
- You've noticed a drop in water pressure
- Your bill has increased but you haven’t knowingly increased your water usage
- You have noisy pipes
- You have a dripping tap or a faulty toilet system that has caused a high bill
- You can see a damp patch of ground or the grass may be growing quicker and greener due to the extra water.
If you're on a meter, you can spot leaks a lot faster. A great way to do this is the 'stop tap test'. Turn your stop tap off (learn how here) and take a look at your meter. If the dial is still spinning when no water is being used in the house, you might have yourself a leak!
We can help with your leak
We can offer you help with your private leak with the Bristol Water Leakstop scheme.
To help put things right quickly, our Leakstop scheme offers help for leaks on underground supply pipes. We offer:
- A free half hour leak detection service and advice on your next best steps
- Up to £100 subsidy payment if you repair the leak or replace the leaky pipe within 21 days (this is capped to one payment per leaky pipe).
- Continuous support and advice
For more detail and full T&Cs, read our Leakstop information pack
Need to get in touch with our Leakage team?
Our Leakage team are on hand to help answer any of your queries around private leaks and what steps you need to take. If you think you've seen leak on our pipes, please let us know by reporting it. You can call our lovely Leakage team on
0800 281 402 or follow one of the links below.
Like a lot of things, we have different processes for household and non household customers. If you're a business owner or developer and you suspect you have a leak, please click or tap here for the relevant contact details.
If you feel you are struggling to pay your bills, or you feel like you need extra help then please visit our Priority Services page where you can sign up or find out more.
If you're struggling with your bill, please let us know so we can help you as soon as possible. We have a range of payment plans for different situations and needs. Find out more here or call our billing team on 0345 600 3600
We're constantly looking out for and repairing leaks. You might have seen us in the roads with listening sticks, or even in the nighttime when it's quieter. Due to our constant leakage surveillance, we have the lowest leakage in the UK.
If you don’t comply with our request, we can serve a legal notice requiring a repair to be carried out. We are also able to carry out the leak repair ourselves using our powers under Section 75(9) (a) and (b) of the 1991 Water Industry Act and charge you reasonable expenses for carrying out the work.
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