Slow drips of water can add up quickly. A toilet that keeps running after you flush or a sink that drips after it is turned off can waste thousands of gallons of water a year. If an irrigation line breaks, it can be much more. Unfortunately, many leaks go undetected until a high water bill sends an alert that something is wrong. Learn to be a leak detective and avoid water waste.
To determine if you have a leak:
- Turn off all water in your house. Locate your meter. It’s generally located in the ground near the curb in front of the house.
- Open the lid and use a rag to clear away any debris. If the black or red triangle or silver flow indicator is spinning, and all water has been turned off in your house, you probably have a leak.
- Another way to check is to turn off all water in your house and record the reading on your meter register. Wait 30 minutes without using any water. Check the meter again. If the numbers have changed, you probably have a leak.