Last month, my water bill was about $500. I checked the meter and found
the spinner was running at various speed. Sometimes, it was running
quite fast and at the next second it would slow down, then speeding up
again. This all happened when there was no water usage. I thought a leak
would cause the meter to run at constant speed, not up and down. True?
This is not about where the system leaks but meter behavior. I have
hired a plumber to dig and install valves in many places. Yet, he
couldn't find the leak.
Call your water company, have them come and test your meter. Your
water company / district may also be willing to assist you in locating
leaks, if any. $500 / month for water is a lot of water, in just
about every locale.
It may not be a leak. Involve the water company. It may be a bad meter
and they can check that out at no cost to you. Meters do go bad but
usually stop recording.
There are usually valves to isolate the meter. Does shutting the valve
stop it from spinning?
The first check was closing the valve few meters after the meter. That
stopped the spinner from spinning. So, I concluded that there was a
leak. However, after the plumber dug everywhere and installed valves,
there was no leaking (spinner stopped running) even though the plumber
did not fix anything but installing valves. That's why I started to
suspect the meter.
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