If you suspect you have a leak and don’t see water running, here are some steps you can take to track down the potential leak:
Walk along the water line going to your house in your yard. Look for these physical signs of a leak…
- Grass that is greener than other areas
- Bleached out grass
- A puddle (even a small one) when it should be dry
- Grass that is taller or more lush than other areas
- Spongy ground
All of these signify a possible leak and should be addressed immediately to avoid high water bills!
Finding and Repairing Leaks:
If you suspect you have a leak, follow these steps to try to find it:
- Find your meter
- Open the lid to your meter
- Clean dirt and/or debris off the register
- Watch your meter for 5 minutes to see if black triangle or red circle is turning, or if the numbers on the face of the meter are turning.
- The meter should only be turning when you are using water. If it is turning and you are not actively using the water, then you have a leak somewhere.
- If it’s turning, turn off the valve on your commodes
- Turn off any valves going to any barns or outbuildings to isolate leak.
- Go back and check the meter to see if it’s still turning after you shut each valve off until meter stops turning.
You have successfully found the leak! Take steps to fix the leak as soon as possible. Once the leak has been repaired, call the office to see if you are eligible for a leak adjustment.