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Old 12-10-2008, 01:05 PM   #1
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Basement water meter below floor level


I have a feeling this was set up like this for a reason -- maybe one of you can tell me what that reason was!

Our home is 100+ years old in Massachusetts. The water meter is in the basement. The foundation is fieldstone, and the water line enters the house through the foundation, a few inches below level of the basement floor.

There is a dry hole (dirt at the bottom) in the concrete floor where the water line enters the house. The water meter was attached to the line in this hole, BELOW the level of the floor. (Preventing me from filling in the hole.)

Does anyone have any ideas why they might have installed the meter below the level of the floor? (My guess is that the water meter needs to be as close as possible to where the water enters the house?)

My goal is to have a plumber move it the meter a bit higher, so that I can fill in the hole in the floor around the water line with concrete.
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So does the pipe continue under the floor at the same level till it gets to a wall or wherever? If so the answer is "Cause that's the level of the pipe".

Under the floor level is out of the way -can you just put a hatch cover/trap door over it?
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Old 12-10-2008, 03:16 PM   #3
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That would make sense if it were the case.

The pipe comes in through the foundation about 3 inches below floor level, passes though the meter, and then immediately travels up along the wall.

I tend to think there's a reason it has to be where it is...because it had to have been harder to work in the hole.
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Most Water Departments require the meter to be set immediately after the supply line enters the home. This is to "try" to prevent theft of service by adding a line before the meter. Since there was not likely a water service when the house was built, whoever installed it did not want to drill/cut through the fieldstone so they went the direction you have.
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And if they put it on the vertical riser it would have been hard to read at the floor level.
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Hmm...that's what I suspected. Thanks!
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