Finding water leaks can save you water, and save you money on water and sewer bills. It can also save you the hassle of having to call out professionals to rid your home of any water if the leak goes un-recognized for some time and causes water damage to your property. Follow these easy steps to determine if you have a leak on your property in any of your systems including plumbing or irrigation!
The first step is to turn all of your appliances off that use water, so that no water is being used at all. This means that you have to turn off all water inside and outside of the house including sinks, washing machines, showers, and any appliance that uses water. If you have an irrigation system or sprinkler system, turn off the controller and then manually shut off the two valves at the DCVA (double check valve assembly) to isolate the irrigation system.
Then, take off the lid of the meter box and lift the protective cover. From there you should water the meter. Your meter will have a triangular shaped red, or silver and black round disk that is commonly known as a “leak indicator”. If this round disk is spinning, then it is apparent that you have a leak. If there is no indication and the actual meter dial hand is moving, water is running somewhere in your system and it is obvious that you have a leak.
From there you will want to locate the main shut-off valve to the house. This is usually located close to the meter box. Then, once you have reached the main shut-off valve you need to turn it off. You should go inside and turn on a faucet to test this and make sure that there is no running water present. If water is still flowing from the faucet after several seconds, it means that the shut off valve is not working. If the opposite occurs and there is no water flowing through the faucet, it means that the shut off valve is working properly. You can then return to the meter.
Once you have tested the faucet and determined the shut off valve is working, you should check again is the meter’s leak indicators hand is moving again. If the dial hand is still moving, it means that water is flowing between the meter and the shut off valve. If this happens, it is probably that you have a leak between the meter and the customer side shut off valve. If it isn’t moving, you probably have a leak between the customer side shut off valve and somewhere in your house. You should then go check any toilets, washing machines, faucets, or showers for any leakage.
To check a toilet for a leak, just flush the toilet and while the water reservoir is still filling, add two or three drops of food coloring to the water in the reservoir. From there, wait about fifteen to thirty minutes. If the water in the bowl changes color at all, the flapper valve needs to be replaced.
A professional plumbing service can also perform these tests and checks to determine if you have a leak or not. If you do, they can easily fix it. If your home has sustained minor or major damages due to the leak, it is a good idea to call in a team of professionals such as the Restoration Pros to help with your flooded, or water damaged home or business.