How to read your water meter is a simple task to learn. It is a DIY priority as it’s a guarantee if you live in an individual residential house that you will have your own individual water meter. This applies to most duplexes as well, but some duplexes and group or strata-titled properties will have only one water meter which reads all water used on the property in its entirety, no matter how many homes are located within the property.
Locating Where Your Water Meter Is
It is your responsibility to ensure that your water meter is accessible for the council meter readers to read the meter at all times. But you do not own the meter as it remains always council property.
On all residential properties the water meter is easy to locate as it will be located:
around 500mm from the left-hand or right-hand side boundary and about 500mm back from the front boundary on the council grass verge
for its protection from damage, it will be below ground level in a plastic or concrete pit with a plastic or metal lid marked ‘Water Meter.’
Water Leaks Are YOUR Responsibility
If you are the registered property owner then very simply you are responsible for the pipes and fittings that are connected to the council water meter that is anywhere inside your property.
The diagram above clearly illustrates from a Gold Coast Water perspective as to where their responsibilities finish and where yours start. Remember it is always the registered property owner who is responsible for paying for all water that is recorded as having gone through the water meter. This includes any water used that is lost due to internal leaks in taps or toilets or concealed underground water main pipe leakage.
How To Read Your Water Meter & Check For Leaks
Here at Whywait Plumbing we always recommend a periodic but regular reading of your water meter to check for any concealed leaks on your property. The short City of Gold Coast video below demonstrates exactly what you need to do to read your water meter.
Remember a regular but simple preventative procedure of reading your water meter can potentially save you thousands of dollars in council water charges. Frequently most leaks are not visible as your water pipes are always underground or inside walls or the floor.
If in doubt on how to read your water meter or suspect you have a concealed leak act now and call Whywait Plumbing now to get the repairs you need.
DIY Plumbing Renovations & Repairs May Void Your Insurance Coverage
DIY plumbing renovations are illegal. As fully licensed Plumbers, Drainers and Gas Fitters for over 40 years, we know how critical it is that you know your legal limitations and legal responsibilities. This applies in particular if you are planning on undertaking to do, DIY plumbing renovations and repairs.
Unfortunately sitting in front of a television watching home renovation shows such as “The Block”, “Grand Designs”, or “Selling Houses Australia” doesn’t make you an instant plumber, electrician or builder!
Home renovations shows are hugely popular and purely entertainment – they make it look so, so easy and so cheap.
Unfortunately, none of these shows looks behind the scenes or reflects the reality of renovations or DIY by ignoring the two most critical factors which are time and budget.
The reality of renovating and maintaining your home is that:
delays are always inevitable due to unforeseen pre-existing problems
delays in delivery of products and materials
budget blowouts are unavoidable due to the unknown factors
be clear in your requirements and realistic in your expectations
Can YOU Legally Undertake YOUR DIY Plumbing Renovations & Repairs?
NO for installation work and YES for some very, very limited maintenance work. Legal DIY plumbing renovations & repairs in Queensland is limited to:
Replacing a showerhead or shower rose
Replacing a tap washer or jumper valve
Replacing a domestic water filter cartridge
Replacing a washer in a toilet cistern inlet or outlet valve
Installing, repairing or maintaining garden irrigation system
Cleaning or repairing the grate to a drainage gully trap
Replacing a cap on inspection opening to a drain
And that is all the plumbing and drainage work that can legally be undertaken by anyone who is not a licensed plumber and drainer.
Illegal & Dangerous DIY plumbing renovations and repairs could kill someone plus null & void all your insurance coverage.
Most DIY plumbing renovations and repairs are illegal and frequently can be hazardous that when we discover them, you wonder how no one has been killed.
It’s often overlooked by weekend warriors and handymen that illegal DIY plumbing renovations & repairs usually makes your home and contents insurance null and void.
Worst of all, some DIY plumbing installations are dangerous as with this hot water installation in the photo on the right. Luck is the only reason this installation killed no-one as it had:
exposed live electrical connections and wires
overflow valves dripping onto the floor inside the house
plastic pipes that were being melted by the hot water
flexible connectors used instead of copper
You should avoid DIY plumbing renovations as frequently you end up costing yourself more with the problems never being repaired. There is no better repair than that undertaken by a licensed, professional plumbing company where the plumbers are experienced, trained, and knowledgeable so call Whywait Plumbing now.