The 3 hidden leaks that are waiting to steal your money

You know that sinking feeling you get when you open your water bill and you are sure it must be a misprint. Several utility consumers are seeing a dramatic increase in their bills and having the same reaction as a result of the new “Smart Meter” installations.

These new automated systems are now replacing old systems that relied on outdated equipment and inconsistent reporting practices. In some cases, the old systems created errors in the customer’s favor that went unnoticed for months and sometimes years.

According to an investigative report by Newswest 9, there were even leaks that went undetected in some residences until the new systems were put in place. This previously undetected usage caused huge spikes in water bills from one month to the next.

In an effort to help prepare you for the transition to the “smart grids”, we want to reveal to you the 3 most common areas for undetected leaks around your home so that you don’t suffer the same sticker shock on your next water bill.

Toilet Leaks

One fairly simple area to check for leaks is your toilet. The most common leaks in the toilet occur in the bowl. You can check this by removing the tank lid, and dropping at least 10 drops of food coloring or dye in the tank. Wait 10-15 minutes without flushing and check the bowl to see if any the water is tinted with the dye color. If so, then you have a leak. Here is a short video explaining this process.

Washing Machine

The washing machine is another common area where leaks can occur. Check the hoses for signs of leaks like water stains. You can also check the door seal and also check for signs of a leaky pump. Here is a great article showing you how to check and make the most common repairs on a washing machine.

Irrigation Leaks

If you have a sprinkler system, you should check it for leaks too. You can do this by first shutting off the water to your home, and then locating your water meter box outside. Look at the low-flow meter dial to see if it is turning. If so, that means there is water running through it and you could have a leak outside in your irrigation system. This video shows you step-by-step how to do just that.

Here is one last method of checking for leaks with a pressure gauge.

If you have any questions about possible leaks or if you need any replacement parts please call us at 432-682-6584 or stop by any of our locations in Midland, Odessa, Abilene, or Hobbs.