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Mobile Home Parks Can Leak Water. Plastic Pipes Make Them Hard to Find.

Updated on February 11, 2015

Water Leak Detection in a Mobile Home Park

This leak on a 3/4" line was found in a mobile home community and was costing over a thousand dollars a month in wasted water.  Once found, it was quickly repaired and the owners could start saving money!
This leak on a 3/4" line was found in a mobile home community and was costing over a thousand dollars a month in wasted water. Once found, it was quickly repaired and the owners could start saving money! | Source

Water leak in a mobile home park

Near the sidewalk, and the shut off valve, a little water had pooled.  Before digging, they called to verify the leak location!
Near the sidewalk, and the shut off valve, a little water had pooled. Before digging, they called to verify the leak location! | Source

Finding Water Leaks in a Mobile Home Park Will Save Money Today!

Mobile home parks 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 that gets sent our to residents has not changed enough to keep up with rate increases from the power company. It is only up 6% over that last few years, and you can account for that increase. The gas bill has changed only a little bit over the last few years, and recently, may have even decreased as the cost of natural gas has decreased. The water bill on the other hand has doubled, tripled or gone up even more. These skyrocketing increases 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. 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 Detectiontoday 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!


A water leak like this one can cost tens of thousands of dollars a year in water and sewer (and they aren't even using the sewer)!

This water leak was costing thousands of dollars a year.
This water leak was costing thousands of dollars a year. | Source

Main line leak in a mobile home park

There was a main line leak at the while pole at the blue flag.  The line was about 7 feet underground at the saddle fitting for the service line to the mobile home.
There was a main line leak at the while pole at the blue flag. The line was about 7 feet underground at the saddle fitting for the service line to the mobile home. | Source

Sub-metering each lot can save a lot of money

The majority of the water form this leak to the left 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.

Even a small leak can be a costly leak!

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