Problems with water meter readings and function can stem from a variety of sources. It is important you are aware of your regular water consumption for such activities as running the dishwasher, laundry, showers, and watering your lawn or garden to help you detect problems with your water meter.
Learn how to monitor your water meter to detect and correct problems with it quickly from the tips below.
- Your water meter will show on its measurement gauge whether it reads in cubic feet or gallons. If your water meter measures in cubic feet, multiply the meter reading by 7.48 to convert to gallons. Run your water hose and watch the water meter at the same time to determine how much water you use to water your lawn in half an hour.
- Check the water meter when someone in your house is taking a shower and when a load of laundry is done from start to finish. With this method, you can work out your average water consumption. Check each flush of each toilet, as they can use a great deal of water in a day. Add these water amounts up for a week, and then check the water meter again to see how close you were to estimating your water usage.
- Look at the meter before leaving the house for the day and again when you get home. The meter numbers should not change if no one is in the house to use the water. If the meter has changed, you have a leak. In some cases, the leak gauge on the meter will spin when no water is running, but there is a leak somewhere. This shows a slow leak, so that you don’t have to wait all day to see a change in the meter.
- Examine your home and rule out indoor leaks. Look inside the home to see if there are any faucets or pipes dripping. Checking your toilet for leaks can also be accomplished with a few drops of food coloring. Put the food coloring in the tank and wait 20 minutes. If the water in the bowl has changed colors, then the toilet is leaking.
Many other reasons besides leakage can cause problems with the water meter reading
These include low water pressure, sudden surges of water pressure, air in the water pipes, or a problem with a valve in one of your plumbing fixtures. There may also be a fault in the pressure regulator in the water meter itself. This usually shows up as very low pressure in all fixtures in the house, or if the pipes make a clanging noise or rattle when water is turned on. The public utility or water department in your municipality is responsible for the water meters, so contact them if you have these problems.
Rule out outdoor leaks by inspecting the yard for wet spots and the outside house faucets for drips. If you find an area that is wet with no valid explanation such as rain, then you might have a leak. Have a professional or plumber Sydney to check the area and repair the problem.
If you check the measurement of water with your water meter and the numbers don’t add up, you have yourself a faulty meter and that needs to be replaced as soon as possible. If you use city water, you can call out a representative from your water provider to give you a new one, but that is a lot like pulling teeth. It might be easier to call a plumber in to replace it. They can help you with everything from testing your water meter to helping you hunt down leaks that are making your water bills catastrophically high.