The average family of four uses between 10-12 thousand gallons of water a month. It may sound like a lot, but that includes all the water for showering, doing laundry, cooking, etc. However, if your water bill seems high in recent months, or have no clue what can be the cause, it may be a leak. Fortunately, testing for leakage is pretty easy. Here is what to do:
Step 1: MicroNeedle
The easiest way to discover if you have a leak is to go straight to your water meter, however, make sure to have no water running inside or outside for a couple of minutes before checking. Then take a look and locate the MicroNeedle. That’s a small triangle, either black or red, that indicates if any water is running through your system. If it’s spinning slowly, more likely than not you have a leak.
Step 2: Determine if the leak is inside or outside the house
Locate the home’s main shut off valve and turn off the water from that point. Like before, check the MicroNeedle for movement. If the MicroNeedle is not moving, then the leak is inside the house. If the MicroNeedle continues to move, then the leak is outside between the meter and the house.
Step 3: What to look for
Search the area that the MicroNeedle indicates. If outside, look for wet spots on the ground and inspect the hose bibs. Usually, the culprit comes down to a worn-down washer. Make sure to remove the hose from the hose bib and do a visual inspection.
If inside, check for leaks in faucets, toilets, or any signs of moisture through the house. Just like outside, examine washers and the fixtures themselves. They may have microfractures that aid the leakage of water.
If that microneedle is still moving and you cannot find the source of the leak, give Lower Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning a call to (806) 741-0519 or visit our website www.trustlowery.com. Our highly trained and licensed plumbers can help you locate the source and recommend the best fix for the problem.