How to Find Water Leaks (Water Meter Hasn't Stopped Spinning!)


When there is a leak in your home, the water meter may continue spinning even when you are not using the water. If your water meter hasn’t stopped spinning, you can perform a meter test to confirm you have a leak and determine where it is. Here’s how to go about it: One of the easiest ways to locate a leak is by looking around for any signs of water or wetness. Ground surface water can form if there is high pressure on a leaked main. Also, look for any isolated patch of green grass. If you don’t see any signs of the leak, then proceed to do the following:

Cut off Water Usage in the Entire Home

Start by switching off any water-using appliances and fixtures to ensure no water is being used in your home.

Check Your Water Meter and Take a Reading

Remove the meter lid box and use a damp cloth to clean the meter. If the meter is spinning continuously and you cut off water usage, you have a leak. If the meter reads zero, watch it for some time to see whether the reading will change. For some leaks, especially the tiny ones, the meter may read zero but then keep jumping up to a certain figure to indicate a small leak. Some leaks, such as a running toilet, may not be continuous, so you may only know you have a leak if you take your meter reading at regular intervals or get an unusually high water bill at the end of the month.

Locate the Leak

After confirming you have a leak, the next step is to determine where the leak is. To do this, go to the main water shut-off valve and close it. Check the meter to see whether it continues moving. If it stops moving after closing the shut-off valve, that means the leak is inside the house. But if the meter continues moving, the leak is before the main water shut-off valve, maybe in your irrigation system. Now, cut the water flow to the irrigation system to see whether the dial stops moving, confirming the leak location. If your meter continues spinning, then the leak should be somewhere along the service line from the meter to the shut-off valve.

Get the Best Leak Detection Systems

Once you have narrowed down the leak’s location, you need leak detection equipment to identify the exact location. Leak detection equipment from LeakPro®  can help you find the precise location of your leak. If you are an industry professional or a property owner looking for the best leak detection equipment, contact us today to make your order. Don’t forget to check out Roger’s YouTube for a more detailed step-by-step procedure to find water leaks in your home.
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