Although many of the UK based water companies send out an engineer to check the water meters of the customers once or twice a year, they very rarely provide you with tips on how to read the meter properly yourself.
It is always a good idea to keep your eye on your meter readings on a fairly regular basis to just keep a check on how quickly it is rising. You never know when you may be paying money for an underground leak. Not only will keeping your eye on the reading help you keep tabs on how much your bill may be, it can also play an important role in finding any early signs of a leak. This is doubly important because any leaking water may be undermining the ground around you and an early intervention can save a great deal of damage to your property.
Where Can You Find Your Meter?
This will depend entirely on your property, its age, style any recent modernisation. If a meter has been retro fitted it may be located by your internal stop clock – this will normally be located under the kitchen sink or in the bathroom. In some properties it may be found in your garage (providing you have one attached to your property).
The majority of water meters are usually fitted outside near your outside stop valve. Look for a small metal or plastic cover in your driveway, garden or nearby footpath. The majority of meters fitted indoors can usually be found under the kitchen sink by your inside stop valve.
If a water meter has been more recently installed then it is likely it is placed outside your property. It will normally be on the pavement directly outside your front door, on your pathway or on your driveway. You just need to look for a small plastic grey or black coloured lid, or a small metal man-hole cover, which will normally have a ‘W’ or ‘Water Meter’ written on the top.
To make sure that you are reading the right meter, look at the meter number or meter serial on your water bill and match it to the serial printed onto the water meter itself.
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