Home Inspection Tip: Winter Water Meter Check

Home Inspector with EKAN Home Inspection CPBC #69177

Last week at a home inspection in West Vancouver, a leak was encountered in the municipal water supply somewhere between the roadside meter and the shut-off valve in the house. Due to our recent cold snap and the associated freeze-thaw cycle, it's not surprising to find damage to water lines. In the photo, the rectangular cover plate has been removed from the in-ground water meter. The meter compartment was flooded and the sound of flowing water was heard. Obviously there is a break in the line or the water meter itself needs attention.

When all water taps are turned off in the house, it's an easy check to lift the lid of the water meter box and see if it's dry and quiet. In this instance, there was also a caved-in section of ground nearby, due to the scowering or tunneling affect of water flow. 

Snowbirds, who are absent for months at a time, should have this simple check performed by those looking after their northern properties. Otherwise, both an extra water fee and property damage may be waiting for them upon their return. 

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EKAN Home & Property Inspections

Sunshine Coast, North Vancouver, West Vancouver 

Comments (5)

Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Good advice Eugene Kanciar . Here in the frozen Northland all meters are located in the home.

Feb 12, 2017 08:32 AM
Eugene Kanciar
EKAN Home Inspection - West Vancouver, BC
Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind

Hi Bob, here in our temperate coastal rain forest environment, many people do not even drive with all season tires, let alone snow tires.  Likewise our building codes are more relaxed and exterior water meters are the norm. When we do get an extended cold snap as we did this winter... well, you can just image.

Feb 12, 2017 08:42 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Somebody has to be watching the home while owners are gone.

Feb 12, 2017 08:42 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Eugene Kanciar This is very helpful winter water meter check tip for home inspection.

Feb 12, 2017 09:16 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Eugene Kanciar - this is definitely something that every homeowner should check...

Feb 12, 2017 11:09 PM