You should be watching your water bill. It can often be the first indicator that you have a water leak. Often times the problem is fairly easy to diagnose and can be fixed rather quickly. However, it can also be an indicator that a bigger issue is lurking. It’s important to know what to look for if you notice your water bill is consistently on the rise.

Increased Water Consumption

  • Before jumping to conclusions about your water bill, the first thing to think about is overall water usage in your home. If you recently had guests or it’s summer and your children have been playing outside with the water running or filling up a pool, then you may have your answer. Anything out of your normal watering routine could mean a possible spike in your bill.

Interior Leaks

  • Most interior leaks are easy to spot. Toilet leaks are the most common problem. If a toilet is left running up to 200 gallons of water can be wasted per day. These types of leaks are typically easy to fix on your own, but be sure to call in a professional if you’re finding the problem hard to diagnose or repair.
  • Faucets and sinks should be checked regularly for any signs of leaks or mold. Hoses and lines that are bulging or cracked should be replaced. Steel braided lines are recommended as they will give added protection against leaking.
  • It is easy to forget about dishwashers and washing machines. These are areas that should also be checked on regularly for signs of water leaks or damage. Look for warped flooring or discoloration on walls or cabinets.

Exterior Leaks

  • Always be looking for any signs of wet spots or puddles in or around your yard. These are indicators that there may be a problem. Broken sprinkler heads or sprinkler malfunction are often the causes of water loss.
  • Outside taps and hoses should be assessed regularly, especially during seasons of high use. Replace hoses with leaks or in disrepair. If a tap is broken, consider calling a professional for repairs, as this is a more difficult DIY project.
  • Cracks or breaks in underground piping can be more difficult to detect. If you have suspicions this may be your problem, a professional will need to be called.

When your water bill is on the rise it’s important to consider all possibilities before jumping to conclusions. If you do find that leak is the cause, it’s important to take care of it immediately. Most fixes may be easily handled on your own, but if you find a bigger problem, it’s time to call a professional for assessment and repair.


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