Some facts that you should know about water leaks:

  • 1 in approximately 300 homes has a leak
  • 1 in approximately 20 pools has a leak
  • Just 10 drips per minute equals 44 gallons per month
  • 1/32” size pin hole @ 60psi equals 3,600 gallons a month
  • A leaking toilet can cause your water bill to go up $500 in a month
  • A leaking toilet can actually use as much as 90,000 gallons in a month
  • Using a pool cover can save 1000 gallons per month from evaporating
  • Ten percent of homes have water leaks that waste 90 gallons or more water per day.
  • Irrigation leaks can cause a higher water bill if the leaks are in the system at a broken head or cracked line
  • Irrigation leaks in the main line will cause your meter to move constantly
  • Pool/Spa auto fills are another big reason for high water bills. Most times the pool/spa won’t over flow because there is either a leak or it has an overflow which lets water out.
  • 20% of roof leaks are caused by an actual defect
  • 29% of roof leaks are actually caused by heating and cooling systems
  • 25% of roof leaks are caused by skylights
  • Most roof leaks can be avoided just by simple routine maintenance which also increases the life of your roof
  • A flat roof has a life expectancy of 13 years
  • Generally a flat roof when it develops a leak if the water has intruded into the structure, it is not likely to dry naturally
  • When moisture levels exceed 19% for 48 hours mold and rot begin to consume building materials. These fungi will continue to grow until the moisture level drops below 19%

How To Read Your Water Meter:

Read the first five numbers (4 white and 1 black) from the left of the seven number bar gauge. Subtract the numbers corresponding to the last read date on your last water bill and multiply the difference by 100. That is the consumption in gallons since the last read date (assuming that it was an actual and accurate reading).

The numbers around the circumference of the dial are gallons with 1/10 gallon increments. For purposes of determining your usage since your last billing the red hand is irrelevant. The red triangle measures the rate of usage. When it is not moving no water is being used and the faster it moves the greater the current usage.

I Have A High Water Bill. Does This Mean I Have A Leak?

No this doesn’t always mean you have a leak. Here are steps you can try to determine if you have a water leak.

  1. Find your water meter, which is usually located in front of the house in a covered box near the street.
  2. Write the numbers down located on the meter. The last number will not change.
  3. Do not use any water and time the meter for 30 minutes.
  4. If the numbers have not changed, you don’t have a leak.
  5. If the numbers have changed then shut off your toilets, swamp cooler, ice maker etc. Then repeat test.

If the meter still moved after shutting down all of these items, then most likely you have a leak.
If you are unsure you can call us at 1.866.982.8414 we are here to help.

Do You Think Your Pool Is Leaking?

First Step Is To Do A Bucket Test. The Bucket Test will help you to determine whether the water loss is due to evaporation or a leak:

  1. Bring the pool water to normal operating level.
  2. Fill the bucket with pool water about 2 inches from the top.
  3. Place the bucket on the first step of the pool or on the deck.
  4. Mark the water level on the inside of the bucket.
  5. Shut off the pump and mark the pool level on the bucket if you put it on the first step. Otherwise you can just use a piece of tape on the side of the pool wall.
  6. Turn the pump back on and allow it to run normal but do not use the pool.
  7. After 24 hours, compare the two levels. If the level of the water in the pool has dropped more than the bucket, then there is probably a leak.

Note: If you have a fountain, spa, or any type of spillway, the best way for you to do this test would be to leave it off for 24 hours.

If you have any questions feel free to call us at 1.866.982.8414, and one of our leak technicians will be happy to help.

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