Leak Detection Meter Test

Helpful DIY Tips from Our Skilled Leak Detection Specialists

Our experienced leak detection specialists at Australian Leak Detection™ understand that many property owners don’t want to call a professional unless they’re sure that they have a leak. However, a majority of plumbing leaks go unnoticed until the last minute because you only have visible access to some of your pipes.

Conducting a Meter Test

If you’re concerned about a possible plumbing leak, we are happy to provide you with instructions to a simple DIY test that can help you determine if you’re experiencing water loss in your home. This test should be conducted for a minimum of 30 minutes, and during this time, no water should be used.

The steps to our simple meter test are as follows:

  • Locate your water meter (it’s usually in a covered box in front of your house)
  • Log the numbers that are indicated on your meter
  • Check the meter after a minimum of 30 minutes

If the numbers have changed, shut off the valves under all of your toilets and conduct the test again. If the numbers on your meter do not change after 30 minutes, then you may have a running toilet. However, if you see no change in the numbers on your meter after these tests, you don’t have a leak to worry about!

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How to Conduct the Meter Test at Home

The meter test can be carried out at home or at your commercial property without the help of a professional. The results can help you determine how big of a leak your property has.

To conduct the meter test, simply do the following:

  1. First, turn off the water on your property. No water should be used for the full 30 minutes the meter test will take to complete.
  2. Next, locate your property’s water meter. Most meters can be found in a box on the ground near the front of your house. Once located, note the current meter reading before proceeding.
  3. After 30 minutes, check the meter again. If the numbers have not changed, you do not have a leak. If they have changed, shut off all the valves below all toilets in your home or business.
  4. Wait 30 minutes once more and then check the meter. If the numbers did not change after this second test, a toilet is the source of the leak.
  5. If, after shutting off the toilet valves, the numbers changed once again, it’s time to seek the help of a professional who can locate the source of your property’s leak.

If the meter test reveals that your property has a leak, it will also help you determine how big that leak is. Simply subtract the new reading after conducting the test from the original meter reading. Your answer will tell you the number of liters of water lost due to the leak. Note: measurement methods vary in different areas.

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