The quickest and easiest way for you to check for a suspected water leak in your home is to locate your water meter. Your meter is generally located in the basement or utility room near the hot water heater or under the sink in your kitchen. The meter has seven (7) digits with the last one being a 0. There is a small triangle in the center that spins when water is running through the meter. Follow these steps to check for leaks in your home.
- Make sure no water is running anywhere in the house and watch to see if the black triangle in the center of meter is spinning. If it is, you may have a leak.
- The next thing you can do is to write down the 7-digit read off your meter and then do not use water for a few hours (either when you go out in the morning, or overnight). When you return, read the meter again and see if the numbers have gone up.
- The third thing you can try if you suspect you have a toilet leak is to place a few drops of food coloring or colored juice in the back tank of the toilet. Do not flush the toilet and wait a half hour or more. If the color seeps into the bowl, you have a leak in that toilet.
If you find a leak, call a plumber immediately to have it repaired. Even a small leak can add thousands of gallons to your water bill and become very costly. Remember, you are always responsible for water consumed in your house, even if it is the result of a leak. We do not reimburse customers for faulty plumbing. You can also call us to come and inspect for leaks if you are still unsure after trying the above suggestions.