Using Your Meter to Check if you Have a Slow Leak in Your Home

May 14, 2019 | Blog

Household water leaks cause trillions of gallons of water waste every year!  If you’ve seen signs that you may have a water leak in your home, then it’s time to do some testing using your water meter.  Here are the simple steps you can follow to determine if you may have a leak.

Turn Off All Water

  • You want all the water inside and outside your home turned off. Check all faucets, toilets, sprinkler systems, washing machines, dishwashers, icemakers, HVAC humidifiers, etc.

Find Your Water Meter

  • Your water meter measures the volume of water used on your property and is measured in gallons or cubic feet. It is usually located outside your home near a curb or sidewalk, somewhere it is easily accessible.
  • Look for a box with a concrete or plastic lid. Often it may say ‘water meter’ or be stamped with the name of your local water provider.
  • Use a screwdriver in the hole of the lid and lift. Be careful of insects, reptiles, or other small animals that may be lurking.  If the meter has a cap, lift it.  Wipe the face of the meter clean with a rag.

Check Flow Indicator

  • Most meters have a “flow indicator.” It is a small dial that may look like a little triangle or wheel.  With electronic meters it may be a flashing dot or icon that moves and blinks.  The indicator moves with even the slightest water flow.
  • If it is totally still, most likely there is no leak. If it is moving, chances are there is a water leak in your home or yard.
  • If you would like to determine how much water is leaking or if you don’t have a flow indicator, you can take a meter reading. You can do this by reading the numbers on the meter (followed by the numbers on the large rotary dial).  Wait 1 to 2 hours then check the numbers again.  If your reading has changed then you have a leak.

Running a meter check is one of the first steps you can take to confirm there may be a water leak in your home.  Once it has been determined you have a leak, you can do some simple checking around of faucets, toilets, hoses, sinks, and your water heater to see if you can locate the source.  Be sure to check for possible signs of a bigger problem like a slab leak.  Remember that water leaks may mean damage to your home that needs a professional assessment and repair.  Don’t wait too long to call a professional.  Damage may become more extensive and expensive the longer you wait or if you choose to make repairs yourself and do not do it correctly the first time.

At Pro Response Restoration we are ready to take your call if you have water damage associated with water leaks or any other water emergency that may arise.  We are here to help you get back to pre-damage conditions quickly and easily, with as little hassle as possible.  Call us today!

 

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Additional Resources & References:

http://www.smarthomewaterguide.org/how-to-read-your-water-meter

https://www.todayshomeowner.com/how-to-check-a-water-meter-for-plumbing-leaks/

http://www.awwd.com/HowToTips/HowToDetectLeaks.ashx?p=1233

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