How can I tell if I have a leak in my home?

Find your water meter, all water meters have leak indicators. The red indicator (diamond or triangle shape) is on the left side of the water meter register. If that indicator is moving and water is not being used, that indicates that there is a water leak. Only water makes the indicator move. If the indicator is moving, do the following:

  • Turn off the water supply to every water-using item inside and outside your home or building, including:
    • Clothes washers
    • Dishwashers
    • Faucets
    • Showers
    • Sprinklers
    • Toilets
  • Take a reading of your water meter
  • Be sure not to use any water in your home or building for at least an hour
  • Take a second reading of your water meter
  • If your second reading is higher than your first, you probably have a leak
  • If you suspect a certain fixture, such as a toilet, take blue food coloring and put 12 drops in the tank, stir the water, then wait 20 minutes, if the color appears into the bowl, the toilet is leaking
  • Most toilet leaks are silent and water does not appear on the floor

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1. Does the Town of Stoneham allow second water meters?
2. How can I tell if I have a leak in my home?
3. I am selling/buying a house in Stoneham. What should I do for a final reading?
4. I want the water shut off to my house. Who do I contact?
5. What should I do if my faucet is leaking?
6. Who should I contact if I have a question on my water/sewer/trash bill?