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Old 01-28-2016, 04:16 PM
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My wife, mother in law and myself live in a 3500 foot house. Our water bill this month was 11CCF which is which is 8,228 gallons in a month. I don't see how this is possible without a leak.

Can anyone shed some insight on this? is this normal for three adults in a home this size?

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Electric 60 gal hot water heater
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:30 PM
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:32 PM
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you would think how many hot tubs, pools, and hot and cold showers are taken might come in to the picture in a house that size
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Where do you live, and are your water pipes buried in a concrete slab? reason I ask is my father has a 2 family in Ft Lauderdale he starting having the same issue, the plumbers started chipping the concrete away and found all the pipes were full of pinhole leaks.
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Originally Posted by agallant80 View Post
My wife, mother in law and myself live in a 3500 foot house. Our water bill this month was 11CCF which is which is 8,228 gallons in a month. I don't see how this is possible without a leak.

Can anyone shed some insight on this? is this normal for three adults in a home this size?

4 bathrooms
1 dishwasher
Electric 60 gal hot water heater
Just under 100 gallons/person/day. Sounds like a normal rate of household water consumption
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:40 PM
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I live in NC and the water pipes are Polybutylene in a crawl space.

No hot tub or pool

The house was built in 1942 and we moved in to it in early December.
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Your water meter should have a "leak indicator" dial on it. With everything turned off check if it is still turning
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:47 PM
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Turn off all water fixtures inside and out side house and have a look at the meter to see if it shows flow
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:48 PM
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60-70 gpd per person is fairly normal .
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:57 PM
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Have your utility check your meter for accuracy. Confirm they are taking actual reads and not estimated reads. At 10 years old many water meters will see a 30% loss of accuracy (to your detriment). You can also do a less scientific bucket test. Fill a five gallon bucket with tap water a few times and check the meter to see how many gallons it registered. You can also buy meters on ebay to install yourself at the main supply line coming in to the house. These can be had for around a hundred bucks. Search for Elster, Itron, or Master Meter and note whether you need 3/4 or 1" for your main line. I could probably get my hands on one if need be (I live in Durham, work in Raleigh, and frequent Beaufort and can deliver nearby).
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A toilet that hangs and runs adds up quick.
High flow toilets do too.
ask how many are using the toilets and showers while you are at work
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Sticking toilet can rack up a lot of gallons. Outdoor sprinkler system? Have seen them develop leaks and lose mega gallons underground. Definitely do the meter checks as suggested above.
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Originally Posted by yarcraft91 View Post
Just under 100 gallons/person/day. Sounds like a normal rate of household water consumption
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Designing a municipal water system you assume somewhere around 100 gallons per person per day.
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My wife and I live in a similar size house - 3200+ sqft.. All outside faucets and irritation system are on a well. We use about 5000 gallons of city water each month. With company, bump that up another 1000 or 2000 gallons. You have two ladys and I do believe they each use twice as much water as the man of the house.
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Originally Posted by agallant80 View Post
My wife, mother in law and myself live in a 3500 foot house. Our water bill this month was 11CCF which is which is 8,228 gallons in a month. I don't see how this is possible without a leak.

Can anyone shed some insight on this? is this normal for three adults in a home this size?

4 bathrooms
1 dishwasher
Electric 60 gal hot water heater
What was your water consumption in previous months?
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Make sure everything is turned off. Take a meter reading, don't run any water for a hour and go take another meter reading. If its the same, you don't have a leak. As stated a sticking toilet will be the most common problem with high usage.
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It's just me and my wife in our home. No pool. Master shower has 2 heads (worth noting I think).

Average family of 4, 400 gallons / day, 1 person 100 gallons / day, this is, on average correct. (according to US EPA)

Unless usage jumped for no reason you can think of, I'd say nothing is wrong.

2015 below, in thousands.
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Originally Posted by PXMAN View Post
What was your water consumption in previous months?
i don't know. It's a new house
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Our water bill was 3-4 times higher than our surrounding neighbors! We didn't know this until my niece next door complained how high her bill was. When she told me the amount I thought it was low for a family of 4 considering what I was paying with just me and my wife. I checked for leaks, there were none. Then I asked the city and found out I have an old meter which is in the basement. The city said our bill was an estimate because they could never access our basement to read the meter. The city installed a new meter that can be read by signal from the street and our water bill dropped 70%! The city reimbursed us $2800.00 for the years we were over estimated.
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Originally Posted by agallant80 View Post
i don't know. It's a new house
OK- so you have no history with this house. I'm on the Board of a water utility. Your consumption does not sound at all unusual to me- 9000 gallons/month with 3 people in the house is about average. I posted a pie chart below to show the major water consumers in a house, data from US-EPA. Toilets #1, clothes washing #2, showers #3 and faucets #4. If you have laundry equipment in your home, you can expect to consume 100 gallons/person/day, more or less. Want to use less water? Flush the toilets less often- "if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down."

It's quite likely that a new home has a digital readout water meter and those can actually measure flow rates as low as 0.01 gallons/minute. That makes leak detection quick and easy.
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