I'm not sure it's worth that much.
All meters are at the property line where I live. Leaks cost you big time.
Turn off everything that uses water or the main water valve in the house. Take a
couple readings a few hours apart. if any water is used, a leak is likely.
Looking for wet spots is kind of pointless.
Hello Bob...again the OP could have provided us with that knowledge as to
the LOCATION of the meter. I am in Canada and we have our water meter
located inside the home .....so 'Where you live" is a large thing that a lot
of posters forget to explain..."Where you live" is not the normalicy for
everyone... I at least took the time to give variable situations as to where
the water meter could be located...not just "where I live"... regards... Jim
This is probably climate dependent -- where it freezes the pipes have
to be at least 4-6 feet below ground (sometimes more), and the meter
is usually located in a basement or above-ground heated space (I
remember a wire going to a remote read point outside the house in
Here in central CA where it doesn't freeze, our meter is under a cover
next to the street, and the main supply pipe comes out of the ground
and goes into the side of the house. That wouldn't last long in the
Here in Denver, my meter is outside near the curb. The main water
line is approx. 4 feet deep, but the meter is right below ground
level. They have a vertical input line to the meter and the another
vertical pipe for output from the meter that drops down about 4 feet,
which then runs to the house. I guess they design the meter not to
Same here. A former neighbor (single person household) had a big jump
in his bill. The street meter dial (red needle) was spinning to beat
the band. The supply line was broken from the street to the house,
because of tree roots.
No obvious water at the surface or wet spots. He had the plumber put
in a new line @ $75.00 per hour.
The tree was really enjoying the water...
Where is the meter located?
Do you have a shutoff for the main near or within the meter?
For instance, there can be a shutoff right at the meter which may be
curbside and then a type of shutoff within the house.
In a two-person household where I also wash a lot of fabric as part of
my business, we use less than 25,000 gallons a year. Don't know how
much less, we always pay the $40 minimum yearly fee. So...I'm guessing
you have a leak.
Is your water meter at the curb, or in the cellar?
One Quick N Simple test for water leak, is to put food
coloring in the toilet tanks. If the food coloring goes into
the bowl (without being flushed) you have a leaky toilet.
Leaky toilets are both common, and use a LOT of water.
Just checked our usage for 35 days. 2450 gallons. No lawn watering at this
time of year. Lots of showers and clothes washing and dish washer use is 3
loads every 2 days. Also use a osmosis filter for drinking and cooking water
and as much goes down the drain as to the quantity that is kept. WW
A few more details might be helpful
number of people in household
landscape watering? year 'round? seasonal?
actual usage history for the last year?
a 93 day billing period?
177 gallons per day is easy to use depending on life style & number of
Of course all 177 gpd is not "leakage" but even if it was ALL leakage
that's only 1/8 of a gallon per minute,
A leaky toilet flapper / pig nose could easily waste a large fraction
of that amount.
If you have an outside leak, depending on soil & weather
conditions....you might never see the leak or you could get a soggy
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