FAQ: Why Check for Leaks?

 

Why Should We Have to Check the Water System for Water Leaks?

(See also FAQ : “All of a Sudden, and Unusually High Water Bill”)

 

 

A water bill higher than normal could be the result

    of a leak!  Sometimes, these leaks are not visible and  difficult to identify

    If you have reason to believe that you may have a leakthat is hidden from view, here  are some things you coulddo to help determine the possible location: 

 

• Turn-off all water use in your house such as washing

    machines, evaporative coolers, even icemakers if possible.

 

• Also, make sure that irrigation or sprinkler valves are

    shut-off.

 

• Check to see if the leak indicator on your water meter is

    moving, (that is the small triangle that is located on face of

    the meter) this will show small leaks, the ones that don’t

    show on the surface usually.

 

• If the triangle indicator is moving very slowly you may

    have a leak.

 

• To help you somewhat locate the area of the leak; normally

    there is a main valve where the water goes into house,

    (maybe by the hot water heater). 

 

• Shut that valve off and check the leak indicator again, if the

   movement has stopped, the leak is probably outside in the

   line before it reaches the house.

 

• Check the area of the service pipe coming from your meter, and

  any outside faucets or irrigation that you may have a valve on.

 

• Look for damp dirt and/or green vegetation that appear unusual on

  your property.

• If you have reason to believe that you may have a leak

    that is hidden from view, here are some things you could

    do to help determine the possible location. 

 

• Turn-off all water use in your house such as washing

    machines, evaporative coolers, even icemakers if possible.

 

• Also, make sure that irrigation or sprinkler valves are

    shut-off.

 

• Check to see if the leak indicator on your water meter is

    moving, (that is the small triangle that is located on face of

    the meter) this will show small leaks, the ones that don’t

    show on the surface usually.

 

• If the triangle indicator is moving very slowly you may

    have a leak.

 

• To help you somewhat locate the area of the leak; normally

    there is a main valve where the water goes into house,

    (maybe by the hot water heater). 

 

• Shut that valve off and check the leak indicator again, if the

   movement has stopped, the leak is probably outside in the

   line before it reaches the house.

 

• Check the area of the service pipe coming from your meter, and

   any outside faucets or irrigation that you may have a valve on.

 

• Look for damp dirt and/or green vegetation that appear unusual on

  your property.