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Question DetailsAsked on 1/6/2018

Gate valve in the Water Meter box has a leak do you have a Plumber recommendation?

My Water Meter has a leak at the Gate Valve on my side.

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Plumbing is the Search the List category to find well-rated and reviewed plumbers, of course. I would first check (commonly there is a FAQ on utilityi website) about where the "demarkation" or ownership point is - if there is a separate surb or sidewalk-side shutoff on the line then the valve may be yours, but with many utilities they own the meter 9and sometimes the meter box as well) AND the shutoff valve right after the meter. If so, their responsibility to make it right.

Otherwise, note one comment in the following about using the shutoff which is commonly on the inbound side of the meter (there to allow shutting off the meter for replacement) - commonly you can use that to shut off your line in an emergency.

Here are several similar questions with answers which might help on cost issues, FYI:

BTW - these days a ball valve is more commonluy used for this - gate valves which are infrequently (or almost never) used like in that position commonly fail to operate properly when they are finally used. For that application should be stainless or plastic (but not if in freezing area), not brass, since it is commonly decades between uses.

One other thought - if leaking around the valve stem, might only need having the cap nut tightened down a bit - though for a long-sitting valve like that probably best not to DIY that unless you are pretty plumbing savvy, so you don't break the valve completely off.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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