To make the process easier, it helps to have 2 people with cell phones or walkie-talkies.
Turn off individual valves one at a time and check at the meter to see if the flow of water stops. Your property may have individual valves:
1) where the water enters your house
2) In front of your irrigation system;
3) At the entrance to secondary buildings on the property;
4) in front of a pool or other water feature.
You can also attempt to find the leak by walking your property looking for obvious standing water or squishy soil, for the sound of running water, for dribbling irrigation valves or hose bibs, for continuously running pool filters, or areas of unusual greenery. However, do not be surprized if the leak is not obvious; many properties have underground drainge that carries the water to the storm sewer
A common cause of an indoor leak is a leaking toilet. They do not always make noise when leaking. You can check for leaks by putting food coloring in the toilet tank to color the tank water. In 15-30 minutes without flushing, , check the toilet bowl to see if the color leaked into the bowl. Water can also follow gopher holes, pipes, or conduit underground for long distances.
If you cannot find the leak, you will need to call a leak detection service.
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