Have you ever noticed the water meter continue spinning even after you shut the tap after brushing your teeth? When you turn off the main valve, you would expect that the meter would stop spinning, too. So, the question is why is your water meter still running?
In this article, we will discuss the reasons behind the mysterious running of the water meter even after the closure of the main water valve. We shall also look into the implications of ignoring the constantly spinning meter and why you need a leak detector.
Why is your meter still running?
The basic and simplest explanation would be a plumbing leak within your water piping system. Let’s delve deeper into the common plumbing leaks constantly spinning your meter.
- Common tap and sink leaks
You may have constantly ignored the “Drip! Drip! Drip!” noise of the tap as the water leaks away. Leaks from taps, however minute, contribute significantly to the constant running of your meter. Did you know you can lose over 20000 litres of water from a leaky tap? Yes, enough water to fill 25 standard sized swimming pools!
- Broken piping
One of the major causes of mysteriously spinning meters is hidden leaks by broken pipes. Broken pipes within walls and floors may cause extensive damage with the water lost leaking away. If you find your water meter still running after you turn it off, it’s probably hidden broken piping within the water system.
Rusty and corroded pipes easily get burst leading to the water to leak. Water hammers may also lead to loose joints leading to water leaking. An inspection should be done to identify the leaking parts within the piping.
- Broken Equipment
Broken and leaking equipment such as dishwashers, washing machines, hot water systems and toilet cisterns may go unnoticed. Leaks within these machines may lead to the water meter spinning furiously even when the valve is closed.
Old and corroded machines have a higher possibility to start leaking water leading to inflated bills running to your doorstep. Go check out the water-dependent machines within your home and ensure there is no leakage.
Problems of a Continually Running Meter
- Soaring water bills– A continuously spinning meter will always have this major effect, exorbitant water bills. The ignored water drops drip as the bills soar to the highest heavens
- Extensive damage to walls, floors and ceilings– Mysteriously spinning meters indicate a plumbing leakage. Water leaks cause accumulation of damp patches which eat up the paint and rot the wooden floors and walls.
- Health Hazards– The water leaks from the continuously spinning meters may pose a danger to your health and that of your family. Water dampness in your home may cause conditions such as asthma, allergies, and other irritations.
When you notice that your meter is continuously spinning, your first course of action should be to call in leak detection experts. Leak detection experts help to pinpoint the exact spot at which your water is leaking. Moreover, they are able to repair and offer tips on how to minimize the risk of water leaks in the future.
ADI Leak Detection
We are a professional leak detection company made up of licensed engineers and plumbers. We offer fast, reliable and long-term solutions to water leaks through detection and subsequent repair. All our crew members are well trained and Gas Safe certified.
We use ultra-modern, state of the art equipment for non-intrusive inspection of your property. We offer a wide range of services;
- Thermal Imaging leak detection
- Acoustic leak detection
- Nitrogen Hydrogen leak detection
- Leak correlation
For the best leak detection services, call ADI today on 0333 200 5443 or through our toll-free service number 0800 731 3843. ADI, simply the best leak detectors!