Is Your Home Secretly Wasting Hundreds Of Gallons Of Water?

July 12, 2012

Most of Florida, along much of the U.S., is currently in drought or drought-like conditions. As a result, the U.S. weather service has called on homeowners to conserve water.

The first step to a successful water conservation plan is to make sure you do not have any costly leaks in your home’s plumbing. At first, this can seem like a daunting task considering all the different pipes and fittings in your Sarasota area home.

But you have a tool at your disposal that makes the task much easier: your water meter.

Using Your Water Meter to Detect Leaks

The easiest way to see if your home plumbing has a silent leak is by using your water meter. Here are the steps:

  1. Turn off all water-using appliances. Do not forget about your sprinklers and other irrigation systems.
  2. Locate your water meter. Your water meter will likely be located underground near the curb in a concrete, metal, or plastic box.
  3. Write down the number you see. For the most accurate results, write down the whole number and make note of where the needle hand is (or just take a picture of it.)
  4. Wait 3-4 hours or longer. Do not use any water during this time. To avoid any inconvenience, check the meter before you go to bed and when you get up.
  5. Re-read your water meter. Compare the numbers on your water meter to what you saw before. If the numbers and/or needle position has moved, you have a silent water leak in your home (proceed to the next step.)

Where to Find Silent Water Leaks

If you followed the steps above and used your water meter to find out you have a leak, the next step is determining where you have a water leak. In our professional plumbing experience, silent water leaks are most commonly found in one of the following areas.

  • Sink – Kitchen and bathroom sink leaks can go unnoticed for a long time because the pipes are in a cupboard (out of sight, out of mind.)
  • Toilet – The flange or flapper in your toilet could be silently wasting water. Use our 5-step leaking toilet test.
  • Water heater – If there are puddles around your water heater, get it fixed immediately. It could be that your tank is on the verge of busting.
  • Washing machine hoses – Like the water heater, a small leak in your washing machine hoses could signal they are about to burst. Replace the hose immediately.

Need help finding or repairing a silent water leak in your Sarasota home? Schedule a plumbing repair online with Plumbing Today.

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