PLUMBING DIY Tips & Tricks
Is there a water leak on your property, but you can't seem to find the source. Learn how to detect and repair them, so you can stop worrying about wasted water and have peace of mind.
Pipes and connections underground are subject to shifting ground, invasive roots, and corrosion. So, if you suspect you have a leak, follow this simple test.
Finding the residential water meter is actually quite simple. Most of them are located near the street or curb in front of a house.
Turn off all faucets and appliances, including washing machines that use water. Even switch off your ice maker in your fridge if you have one.
Most water meters will have a few different dials. Find the one that indicates 1 cubic foot increments. We will use this one as a leak indicator.
With the water supply turned off, wait 30 minutes and see if the needle you referenced has moved. If it has, you have a leak somewhere.
When you have a subterranean leak, it won’t be as easy to spot as it would be inside your home, like water pooling or an obviously broken pipe.
If you notice unusually damp patches on your property that weren’t there before, it could signify an underground water leak.
An infrared camera can be used to detect moisture beneath the surface of your property which could indicate an underground leak.