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How Individual Water Meters Benefit You and Your Tenants

  • Alma 

Do you happen to own or manage a potential multifamily building that you’re interested in renting out as individual units? If so you might be interested in finding ways to comply with the regulations in Utah County and make your property more legitimate. One effective solution is to install water meters for each unit in your building.

Having separate water meters helps landlords save water and money. It also reduces the hassle involved in figuring out how to charge for utilities. Additionally, it can increase the value and appeal of your property.

In this blog post we will explore the importance of having individual water meters explain the installation process for buildings and provide tips, on choosing a reliable plumber to assist you with this project.

What are Individual Water Meters?

Individual water meters, also referred to as submeters, are devices that gauge the water consumption of each unit within a residential complex. These meters are installed into the water meter serving the building and are connected to the plumbing system of each unit.

The advantage of having individual water meters is that they enable you to monitor and invoice each tenant’s water usage separately. By dividing the water bill among all tenants based on factors like the number of units or square footage, this approach ensures that each tenant only pays for the amount of water they actually use. Moreover, it allows you to pay solely for the water consumed in common areas.

Why are Individual Water Meters Important?

Individual water can benefit you and your tenants in many ways. Here are some of these advantages:

How to Install Individual Water Meters in Your Multifamily Building?

Installing water meters in a multi-unit residential building is not a complex endeavor, but it does necessitate careful consideration and advance preparation. Here are the recommended steps;

  • Get approval: Before starting this project, it’s important to get approval from the city, county, and water company. It may be necessary to obtain permits, undergo inspections, and acquire approval from organizations like the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL), the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and the Utah Public Service Commission (PSC). Additionally, if you currently have renters, it’s important to inform them, as submetering can impact their lease agreements and rent payments. The lease agreements will need to be respected but things can go into effect with lease renewals.
  • Choose a plumber: Once you’re ready to move it’s important to select a plumber who can assist you with the installation of the separate water meters. It’s crucial that the plumber you choose is properly licensed, insured, and bonded and possesses experience and knowledge in submetering. for more information check out How to Choose a Plumber for a Rental Property in Utah County
  • Get multiple quotes: After compiling a list of a few plumbers, ask for quotes. Keep in mind prices shouldn’t be the only factor. It’s important to know they are skilled, will provide quick, effective service, and offer a competitive rate. Additionally, you may want to ask about an on-site inspection and ensure that a written contract is provided that outlines the project’s scope, timeline, and warranty.
  • Install the meters: Once you have an agreement with a plumber. You can move forward with installing the water meters. The plumber will dig down to your water connection set up a meter box to safeguard and provide access, to the meter and connect a meter to the plumbing system of each unit. Additionally the plumber will conduct tests on the meters to ensure their functioning and accuracy.

Conclusion

If you’re considering installing water meters for each unit in a multifamily rental, do it as it can be a wise and lucrative decision for you and your tenants. Doing this can help conserve water, save money, and reduce hassle but also enhance the overall value and attractiveness of your property. Moreover, it ensures compliance with regulations that mandate submetering in buildings.

Should you be interested in adding water meters to your building located in Utah County, feel free to reach out to us at Sunset Plumbing Utah. We are a licensed, insured, bonded plumbing company specializing in submetering services. With years of experience under our belt and an abundance of reviews from satisfied customers, we guarantee competitive pricing. No matter the scale or complexity of your submetering project we assure you promptness, efficiency, affordability. Our emergency services are 24/7. Contact us today for a quote!

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Alma Bradshaw

About The Author

Hello, My name is Alma Bradshaw. I'm a licensed plumber with over 20 years of experience in the industry. It's important to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest plumbing techniques, innovations, codes, and regulations. Learn more about plumbing here and feel free to comment below with any questions.

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