A water meter is a device that measures how much water your household consumes in a given period of time. Your water supplier uses the readings of the meter to calculate how much you need to pay for your water usage. Typically, your supplier reads your meter at least twice a year, and if it cannot read your meter, it estimates your consumption based on previous readings before it sends you a bill. Nonetheless, your water meter is more than a device that measures your water usage to determine the amount in your monthly water bill. Here are some of the key information that your water meter is trying to tell you:
You're wasting water.
Every time you turn on your faucet or flush your toilet, the water meter keeps track of the amount of water used. The black and white digital numbers in your meter indicates the amount of water you use as expressed in cubic meters. If you notice that you use much more water than normal, then your water meter tells you that you're wasting water. Try simple steps of saving water, such as turning off the tap while brushing your teeth, choosing water-efficient setting in your washing machine and dishwasher, and replacing a broken faucet. Saving water not only saves you money but also helps you become a part of the solution of water scarcity. You may also need water pressure repair to correct the problem if your taps are running with too much force.
You have water leaks.
Moreover, your water meter also helps you determine if water is leaking in your house or yard. First, turn off all water-using appliances, toilets, garden irrigation, faucets, and automatic backflow cleaners inside and outside your home. Then, check your water meter's flow indicator or the small rotating wheel, and if it is moving, then there is a leak somewhere in the house. Most water meters also have leak detectors that can trace even the smallest water flow. You can fix minor leakage on your own, such as replacing broken or dripping faucets or fixing your toilet cistern to avoid overflows.
Call your plumbing contractor.
Otherwise, if the water leakage is still persistent, it is time to call your trusted plumbing contractor. The plumbing contractor will identify where the leak is located. The leakage could be in your yard, crawlspace, or concrete slabs. The plumbing contractor will inform you if some pipes are beyond repair and should be replaced.
Your water meter is an important indicator of effective water usage. It can help you save water, avoid water leakage by implementing minor repairs, and determine whether it is time to call your plumbing contractor for major repairs.
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