Monday, January 24, 2011

Water Leak and Detection Survey and Audit in Mobile Home Park

The above leak was indicated only by a soft spot in the grass nearby. The majority of the water ran into a nearby lake. The 3/4 inch line was broken and thousands of gallons a day were leaking with only a high water bill to show for it. The lot where this leak occurred did not have a water meter on it. Had a water meter been installed, this leak could have been found more easily as the meter would have indicated the broken line.

Many mobile home communities do not have meters on individual homes. Without water meters on each and every home, the community cannot know how much water is being used by tenants, and how much is lost to leakage with no hope for recovering the cost of the water. Sub-metering all of the lots in the community can alleviate many of the issues with water loss, and can help to increase profitability. In theory, sub-metering is the practice of using a water meter to measure master metered water consumption by individual users.

The owner of the community resells the water that has been read by the meter and provides invoices to the residents or tenants. Recent interest in water metering is due to water conservation issues increasing the cost of water service thereby providing the incentive for the use of sub-meters and non-metered water allocation charges for mobile home communities. Issues keeping the bills accurate have limited the use to non-metered allocation charges. The increases in water bills and charges have resulted in the installation of sub-meters and changes in billing practices. Additionally, local and regional rent control regulations, while limiting rent increases, may permit billing separately for utility costs when they previously were billed at a flat rate.

Frequently, consumers who are billed separately for utilities use often:

  • question the reason for certain water charges
  • question the basis for calculating the charges
  • complain they are being assessed improper, or illegal, charges for water service
  • claim the water meters are inaccurate
  • claim the utility charges are another form of rent increase
Quality accurate water metering can eliminate many of these concerns while allowing for the passing along of water usage to the tenants using the most water, while allowing for savings for the water conservation-minded residents to benefit from lower utility bills.

A master meter, is a utility meter typically owned, maintained, and read for billing purposes by the water utility to multi-unit businesses and residences including mobile home communities. Sub-meters are installed on each of the lots in the community. Once the total cumulative sub-metered totals are compared to the master metered water consumption, the total unaccounted for water loss can be calculated.

Once a community knows how much water is being lost, a cost/benefit analysis for a comprehensive leak detection and repair program can be conducted, and the money savings can start. It is not uncommon for a mobile home community to save thousands of dollars a month once water leaks are repaired throughout the community.

Call United Leak Detection today for a professional review of your water bills in order to start you on the road to water savings, increased cost efficiency and significant savings and increased profitability. United Leak Detection does not charge to review water bills and can provide both leak detection and leak repair solutions to help you start saving money now!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mobile Home Park Water Leak Detection Saves Money Today!

Mobile home communities often find that the money they are collecting for utilities from the residents are not covering the costs of the utility bills.  The electric bill has not changed more than typical rate increases.  The gas bill has not changed more than typical rate increases.  The water bill on the other hand has doubled, tripled or gone up even more.  These are not costs you can pass along to the residents of your community.  The bills do not ever go down; they increase in leaps and bounds month after month.  Metering all of the individual lots will help a mobile home community to know how much water the community is losing and how much water a single lot is losing.  The resident may be responsible for the single lot, and the remaining lost water is from the water mains throughout the neighborhood.  A leak detection company like United Leak Detection, Inc. will find leaks in water mains in the community, and often can help to provide repair solutions in a cost-effective manner.  By helping to negotiate with the water  service providers and utility companies, United Leak Detection can not only save money going forward, but often can help to credit water bills that the community has already received.   The expertise of the water professionals at United Leak Detection is second to none when it comes to saving a mobile home community money!  Once a neighborhood decides that high water bills need to become a thing of the past, call United Leak Detection at (888)422-5325 so that they can start working with you to get your utility bills under control.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Water Leak on a Water Main

The leak was at the left of the picture, but the initial excavation was done at the right.

Here is the leak from the above picture 40 feet from where the leak showed above ground.
 The water leak surfaced in the fence at the right.  The ice was almost 8 inches thick and the excavator tried to dig up where the water was coming up out of the pavement.  Unfortunately, the leak was nearly 40 feet away, and they needed to call a leak detection company to find the leak's location.  United Leak Detection, Inc. found the leak after a little over an hour, and the digging up of the leak happened immediately.  Under five feet of water, mud and rock fill, the leak location was right on.  The only indication of the water leak was a high water bill, and nothing happened until the water began to surface, and the ice began to form.  Often, leak repair is not undertaken until the water breaches the ground.  This same repair and detection could have been completed 3 months ago, and saved over $3,000 in water charges.  Leak detection can allow a timely repair of a leak that has not yet surfaced.  Leaks will never fix themselves.  They will not get better, and they will only cost more money as time goes on.  Leak detection saves money. Period.  The sooner you get it done, and use the information to repair the leak, the more money you will save.  Call United Leak Detection today to find your leaks so that you can start getting your leaks repaired today!

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