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How to Detect Leaks Using Your Water Meter

Did you know that you can use your water meter to check for leaks? Follow these 6 easy tips to see if you have a water leak in your home.

Water Meter

 Where to find the water meter: Most water meters are in the sidewalk or driveway next to the sidewalk.  Make sure the water meter area is clear by trimming back plants or bushes that may block access.  Think about what you would have to do to gain access to turn off water before an emergency strikes.

  •  Turn off ALL the water to your home. Don’t forget automatic water users, like ice makers in refrigerators (just lift up the arm) and pool refilling devices.
  •  Communicate with those that are inside the home to not use any water for roughly a half hour.
  •  Once your faucets and appliances have been shut off, go to your water meter box and lift the small lid in the middle of the box.  You should be able to see the register face of the meter.
  •  Look for the small triangle – red, white, blue or black.  The “dial” is turned by water passing through the meter.  It should be stationary, since all the water has been turned off.  If the triangle is moving it may be a sign of a leak.
  •  Recheck to be certain everything is turned off.  Check your toilet as leaks here can be easily go undetected.
  •  Return back to your water meter and check the needle’s position.  If it has changed, you may need to contact a plumber for professional assistance as you may possibly have a leak.

Pesky leaks can increase your water bill and waste an amazing amount of water.  A leak of one drop per second will waste approximately 400 gallons over a two-month period.  If you found after performing this leak detection test that you do in fact have a leak, give Green’s Plumbing a call today at

818/880-8847.

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