What will happen at the water meter reading when the air trapped during the city
repairing a water main break?
The municipal water line broke near my house, after the repairs where made and
the water turned back on, my pipes rattled and bumped with dirty water and air
escaping for a few minutes, then the water cleared and the noise stopped.
However, when I got my water bill, the reading was for what I normally use in
I guess you're saying that your reading for ONE month was the same as
what you normally use in 7 months. I doubt that a little air in the
pipes would cause that. I suggest calling your water utility and
explain the problemm. Maybe some crud caused the meter to malfunction.
There is nothing anyone else can do. Ask the company to replace your
meter or provide another solution. They should understand, I'm sure
that when water mains break, things like this happen....
You may even have had water flowing OUT of your home during the break
and/or repair. (from water in your water heater, etc). Does that make
the meter spin in forward or reverse???? (I dont know)....
You should also remove the aerators on your faucets and clean them, and
also drain your water heater to flush out the dirt, as well as flush out
any ice maker lines if you have one, and toss any old ice cubes.
On Sat, 10 Jan 2015 00:44:11 -0600, email@example.com wrote:
There should be a back flow preventer to keep your water from getting
back into the system. It is usually just a globe valve buried near the
connection to the street.
The only I can think of is maybe the air going through could spin up
the paddle wheel on the meter faster than water would but I still
would be surprised if it was a very big number.
I have a water meter in the garage. If I get a minute I will see what
blowing compressed air through it does.
On Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 1:59:05 AM UTC-5, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
That's what I was thinking too. A meter expecting water flow might
spin a lot faster with air. But seems it would have to be a lot of
air to get 7x, but then who knows. In any case, given that they were
screwing around with it and that it's 7x, I would think the water company
would take care of it, as long as it hasn't appeared on a previous bill.
You got water back. All is OK. How long did it take for the re;air?Did
you expect smaller amount on the bill? How do you pay for water
consumption. I pay by the cubic meter(metric ton) My household uses
~13 cubic meter permonth on average.
If it broke on their side, before your meter, nothing should be out of
the ordinary. If for some reason an air burst messed up your meter
simply call them and ask for a billing adjustment and a new meter.
On Sat, 10 Jan 2015 01:58:56 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
I know all houses have a buried shutoff valve, which needs a long
special tool to shut off, via a capped tube over the valve.
But a globe valve is not a back flow preventer. However, there SHOULD
be something to prevent back flow, but I have seen water lines installed
and never seen anything other than the connecter on the main, the valve
in the lawn, and the entrance of that pipe into the house, which goes
right to the meter. Of course this could depend on local codes and
I'd be interested to find out the results of this experiment!
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