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, laundry, cooking, etc. However, if your water bill seems high in recent months or has 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 leak is to go straight to your water meter; however, ensure no water is running inside or outside for a couple of minutes before checking. Then take a look and locate the MicroNeedle. That’s a small black or red triangle that indicates if any water is running through your system. If it’s spinning slowly, more likely than not, you 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, the leak is inside the house. If the MicroNeedle continues to move, 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. 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 throughout 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 at (806) 741-0519. Our highly trained and licensed plumbers can help you locate the source and recommend the best fix for the problem.