Your water meter can help you determine if you have a leak
To detect if there is a leak that requires further investigation in your home use the water meter.
When examining your water meter, see if the red dial is slowly moving. If it is, there is likely a slow leak at some location within your home. Water meters vary throughout the City and the red arrow is not always in the same location.
Numbers on the water meter can also indicate a leak. This is only useful if the number is checked in the evening when water is no longer being used and again in the morning before any water is turned on. If the numbers have increased (similar to a cars odometer) than you likely have a water leak.
Your home should be checked for leaks every 6 months to save money and potential damage to your home.
Besides the obvious leaking facet dripping make sure to look for water marks on the floor, walls, ceilings or signs of mould which can indicate indoor leaks. If you find these signs you could have a leak that needs to be fixed. Consult with a professional to determine a best plan of action.
The most common place a leak occurs in your home is the toilet.
Other places to check for leaks in the home include
- hotwater tank
- furnace humidifier
- washing machine
- sump pump (if it water powered)
- refrigerator if it has an ice maker and/or cold water dispenser
- water softener
- pool/hot tub
- sprinkler system
- outdoor hose (check annually for leaks)