Turn Off the Water
Before you look for leaks, make sure no water is being used inside or outside of your home.
Locate your water meter
About 90 percent of all area residential water meters are located in the front sidewalk. The first step is to check your water meter for movement. Look at the top of the meter. You’ll notice a red or white triangle or pinwheel called a flow indicator. The flow indicator will move whenever water is passing through it. If your meter doesn’t have a flow indicator, you can use the sweep hand on the register to indicate water loss. If either the flow indicator or the sweep hand is moving, you may have a leak or malfunction.
In our 15+ years of doing plumbing here in Las Vegas and the Henderson areas, we have noticed that homes built in the 90’s and early 2000 has their water mains installed with low-grade pvc piping, no tracer wire and the master cutoffs were below ground versus above ground as they should be. The consistent issue is once the water mains are installed, the next natural step is to implement landscaping. You might be surprised how many home have trees potted on-top or nearby their water mains which precipitate the eventual damage of your water main due to tree roots.
As you can tell by the photos of a recent job, the root and rock density surrounding the water main were extreme. You might not notice an increase to your water bill over night as very slight cracks to your pipe can start to occur.