How do I know if I have a leak?  The first and easiest way to check if a leak may be present is to check your meter for "movement". In order to do this you must first find your meter. Your meter is usually near the street in a small concrete or plastic box, many times actually in the sidewalk.
The picture to the left shows a somewhat typical configuration of meter boxes in the Salem area. The meters are inside of these boxes. Once you have determined which box is yours, open the lid and examine the meter. If there is a small dial or arrow, such as the red one in the picture to the right, that is moving either slowly or rapidly, this means you may indeed have a leak.
Why should I pay someone to "locate" my leak? Many reasons exist to find your leak. First, you should be able to excavate your leak and have a plumber do a simple repair rather than replace your entire line. Many times it is very difficult to re-route your line around trees driveways sidewalks and other natural barriers. Ignoring your leak can become costly in water/sewer usage as well as property damage.  
I have a high water bill but my meter is not moving? This can be as simple as over irrigating. However, it can mean there is a leak in your irrigation system. If there is a leak in your irrigation system Dan's Leak Detection can easily determine and pinpoint the problem. The cause of the high bill could also be an intermittent leak, usually in a toilet. The most common type of a toilet leak is a "flapper" that is allowing water to pass by. The "flapper" is the rubber stopper that raises when the toilet is flushed to allow water into the bowl of the toilet. To determine if this is the problem simply drop some food color into the tank. If the colored water appears in the bowl this means your flapper is leaking and should be replaced. 
 
What happens after my leak is located? The first thing that needs to happen is you dial 811  for your free underground utility locates. Most plumbers will call in locates for you. After locates are completed you can then have a plumber, handy man or even yourself dig up the leak. Once the leak is exposed a licensed plumber can repair your line. Please remember a repair not made by a plumber is more likely to fail again.
 
 
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