Detecting a water leak: what to do
1. Monitor your meter
Read your meter from time to time before going to bed. Make sure that no one turns on a tap or flushes the toilet. Also ensure that all water-consuming machines are switched off (dishwashers, washing machines, etc.).
The next day, start your day by recording the numbers. If there is a difference, there is probably a leak in your system. Carry out a thorough check of your entire system.
We recommend that you carry out this check several times a year.
Who is responsible if there is a leak?
2. Monitor your boiler
Also check the condition of your boiler's safety valve. When the pressure inside the boiler exceeds the setting limit of the safety valve, the valve opens and lets a small volume of water flow out. If this valve becomes dirty and worn, it may remain stuck in the open position and water will continuously flow out of the boiler.
Make sure that the water flow is visible so that you can easily check the valve opening.
To stop the leak, contact your installer.
3. Keep an eye on your toilet flush
When you have flushed the toilet and the tank is full, check that the water flow down the sides has stopped. If the flow persists, your flush mechanism is defective and needs to be replaced.
If you are still unable to locate the leak, contact your plumber without delay.
How a water leak affects your bill
- Cost of a dripping tap: €208 per year (4 l/h, i.e. 35 m³ per year)
- Cost of a leaking toilet flush: €1221 per year (25 l/h or 219 m³ per year)
- Cost of a continuous trickle of water: €786 per year (16 l/h or 140 m³ per year)
I’ve noticed anormally high consumption. What should I do?
If you think you have a leak, check out our tips on how to spot one and avoid nasty surprises when you receive your annual bill.
I suspect a hidden leak, what should I do?
A hidden leak is a leak that is difficult to detect in the installation inside a home. In the event of a hidden leak, we can, under certain conditions, give you a discount on your water bill.
What do we do if there is a hidden leak and proven excess consumption?
We will determine the amount of excess consumption based on your average consumption over the previous three years.
- The recalculated average annual consumption will then be charged at the normal rate.
- Excess consumption will be billed at 50% for the supply part and totally exempted for the sanitation part.
- The bill will also be limited to a maximum of 2,000 m³. Any m³ above this limit will not be charged.
What are the eligibility conditions for the price discount?
The volume of excess consumption must be greater than 50 m³ and at least double your usual consumption.
- You must have submitted your annual meter reading at least twice in the three years prior to the year in which the leak was detected.
- The increase in consumption must be due to a leak that is difficult to detect in a private installation. This excludes:
- leaks due to defective household appliances;
- leaks from sanitary installations and their connections;
- leaks in the heating system and its connection.
- An exception is made for leaks caused by a faulty boiler safety valve (for domestic customers only).
- The installation must comply with the relevance standards.. The presence of a non-return valve and a valve after the meter are essential if you are to be eligible for the discount.
What documents do I need to provide?
Send an e-mailMail to our Customer Service department to explain the situation and request acknowledgement of a hidden leak. Do not forget to attach proof of the repair of the leak (repair invoices, photos, etc.). This repair must be carried out within 60 days of becoming aware of the hidden leak.