Springtime is a good time to walk around your home looking for any signs of water leaks that may have happened over the winter. But anytime you suspect there may be a water leak, either inside or outside, it's pretty simple to confirm your suspicions before calling a qualified plumber out.
The best/easiest way for you to determine if you have a leak somewhere in your plumbing is by first checking your water meter. If you do not know where your meter is located you can call the city water department 520.791.2658 to get your meter location.
Make sure no water is being used inside or outside of your house. Locate your water meter and check the leak indicator to see if it is moving. Depending on the brand of your meter, the leak indicator could be a small triangular shaped dial or a small silver wheel that rotates when water is flowing through the meter. If the dial is moving, there is a good chance you have a leak. Or, you can also take a meter reading and wait 1 or 2 hours and take another meter reading (make sure no water is used during this time). If the reading has changed, you have a leak.
If you determine that you have a leak, the next step is to figure out if the leak is inside or outside of your house.
- Locate your home's main shut-off valve and shut off the water at the valve. Typically, you will find the shut-off valve at the curb or in the alley.
- Again, check the leak indicator for movement or use the meter reading method, making sure not to use any water during this period. If the leak indicator stops moving or there is no change in the meter readings, then you have a leak inside of the house.
- If the leak indicator continues to move or there is a change in the meter readings, then the leak is outside between the meter and the house.
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