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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
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    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?

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

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

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    Each time it moved forward-backwards-forward, it ended up a little past where it was.
    Time to check for leaks!

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    Lets place bets, mine is on a leaky flapper.
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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

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrick88 View Post
    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

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrick88 View Post
    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

    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood View Post
    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.
    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.
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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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