red triangle on water meter

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  1. LiamM

    LiamM New Member

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    Hi

    I recently noticed that the red triangle on the face of my water meter was moving back and forth by about 3/4 of a revolution. Each time it moved forward-backwards-forward, it ended up a little past where it was.

    I didn't have any fixtures, etc turned on while this was happening. Is the only cause of this a leak somewhere? And why would it be moving backwards?

    Thanks for any feedback
  2. Meter leak indicators can be a little "sensitive". They spin very rapidly when any water is running, and should be at a stop when not.
    Do you have traffic going by nearby or anything else that might be causing it to move? Public water pressure fluctuations?
  3. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Time to check all the faucets for drips and dye test the toilet tanks.
  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    If it is moving back and forth, then it is responding to pressure fluctuations. A leak would make it rotate.
  5. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

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    Time to check for leaks!
  6. GrumpyPlumber

    GrumpyPlumber Licensed Grump

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    Lets place bets, mine is on a leaky flapper.
  7. patrick88

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    I would check the water level of the toilet(s). I once had a toilet fill to the top of the over flow and stop then drain down the overflow then fill again. It was a stop go stop go. Then again a bad flapper will do the same thing

  8. GrumpyPlumber

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    Dam, ya got me, I shoulda just generalized and said toilet...good point.
  9. LiamM

    LiamM New Member

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    Thanks for the replies, folks.

    I'll test the toilets and faucets this weekend, and post an update with any findings.
  10. Redwood

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    That is also what happens when a bowl refill tube is too far down the owerflow tube and the tank water level is set too high.
  11. patrick88

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    Ya I tend to install the air gap so that doesn't happen. Saves the call backs for something that could have been prevented with one minor piece.
  12. Herk

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    My vote is for pressure fluctuations. I agree that if something was using water, the indicator would only move in one direction.
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