PLUMBING DIY Tips & Tricks

How To Find a Water Leak Underground

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- By russell jones

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.

Know How To Find an Underground Leak?

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.

Locate Your Water Meter

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 Everything!

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.

Note the Dial Positions on Your Water Meter

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.

Wait 30 Minutes

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.

More Signs of an Underground Water Leak

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.

Checking For Damp Spots in Your Yard

If you notice unusually damp patches on your property that weren’t there before, it could signify an underground water leak.

Check For Moisture with an Infrared Camera

An infrared camera can be used to detect moisture beneath the surface of your property which could indicate an underground leak.

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