Checking for a leak using a water meter
To do this test you will need to be able to safely access:
- The inside stop valve, typically located under the kitchen sink.
- The water meter for your property, usually located in the footpath or verge outside your home.
You will need to leave the water off for about one hour to complete this check!
- Make sure all of your water-consuming appliances (washing machine, dishwasher etc) are switched off.
- Turn off your inside stop valve (you can check the kitchen tap to test this - no water should be flowing when you turn on the tap).
- Take a note of your meter reading. Your meter has dials that are divided into two sections - a black section and a red section, as shown below. If your meter has a clear lid which covers the dials you must firstly lift the lid in order to see these dials. Read the dials from left to right taking note of all the digits in the black dials and the first two digits in the red dials. You may not be able to view the last digit in the red dials, in some cases, but it is not needed for this test.
- Wait for one hour.
- After one hour, return to the water meter and take a second meter reading.
- If there is a difference between your first and second water meter readings you should contact Irish Water, this may indicate a leak on your external supply pipe.