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Checking for Leaks

To check if you have a leak in your home, get to know your water meter.

Reading Your Meter to Check for Leaks - Video

This two minute video provides an overview of where to find your meter, how to read it and how to use it to detect a leak.

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Make sure no water is being used inside or outside your home. This means no dishwashers, sprinklers or toilets flushing. It also means shutting off any appliance that may continuously use water like a water softener, pool filter or humidifier.
  2. Find your water meter. It is found in the lowest part of your home, in your basement or crawl space. The meter is adjacent to the main water shut-off valve to your home.
  3. Get to know your meter. Your water meter has a series of dials and hands. The dials measure the amount of water you've used in your home over time and are used to calculate your water bill.
    • The sweep hand also measures water flowing through the meter. As it completes a full circle it prompts the dials to turn once.
    • The flow indicator will measure any leaks in your home. The flow indicator moves counter clockwise whenever water is moving through the meter.
    • If either the low flow indicator or the sweep hand moves when you believe no water is being used in your home, you may have a leak.

Water Meter - Two Black Digits type

Water Meter - One Black Digit type

If you'd like to learn more about your water meter; what it does and how it works, visit the water meter section of our website

Homeowner responsibilities

As a homeowner, you are responsible for the maintenance of fixtures and pipes on the private-side of your property line. To learn more about your responsibilities, visit the homeowner responsibilities section of our website.

If you want to learn more about how to protect your water meter and pipes from freezing, visit the pipe maintenance section of our website.

Handling household leaks can be easy if you follow the check, fix and save guidelines.

If you have discovered you have a leak, you need to fix it.

Revised: Tuesday March 20 2018


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