No one likes to see surprises on their bills. Unexpected hikes can leave you feeling the stresses of financial burden. If you do find yourself dealing with a higher than usual water bill, you’ll want to get to the bottom of it right away. Here we’ve listed some things you can check out around your home to see if you can identify the problem.
Higher Water Consumption
- Did you recently have guests staying at your home? Did you water your lawn more than usual or use a hose to fill a pool? Remember that summertime is the busiest time for water consumption. Lawns, gardens, and pools are in high demand of the water supply. Anything out of your normal watering routine may mean a possible rise in your bill. So, consider these factors before panicking about a bill that is higher than normal.
Leaks Inside the Home
- Toilets are the most common culprit for water leaks. A toilet left running can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day! It’s important to check for leaks frequently and get professional help if you’re having trouble identifying or fixing the leak on your own.
- Dripping faucets and leaking valves under sinks can be another cause of water waste. Check these areas often and fix any drips or leaks as soon as you can. Often, these are some of the easiest parts to fix on your own.
- Be sure to check under dishwashers and washing machines for any signs of water leaks or damage. Signs may include warped flooring, or any kind of discoloration on walls or cabinets.
Leaks Outside the Home & Underground
- Check outside taps and hoses for signs of leaks. Hoses with drips may need to be replaced. A broken tap may need a professional to fix if you don’t feel comfortable doing it on your own.
- A broken sprinkler head or sprinkler malfunction can also cause more water loss than usual. Look for any signs of wet spots or puddles in or around your yard that shouldn’t be there. Pay attention to any signs of water flow that seem abnormal around your home’s driveway, curb, or street.
- A break or a crack in an underground pipe can be difficult to detect. A higher water bill is the way you will most likely discover this type of problem. This type of fix may take some time to repair and a professional may need to be called.
The last thing you want is the stress that can come from high water bills. It’s important to act and see if you can find the source of the problem. If you’re having trouble and need help with identifying or fixing leaks, then it’s best to call on the advice and services of a plumber. If you want to be better prepared in the future, remember to regularly check your appliances, fixtures, and pipes for potential plumbing problems and get them fixed as soon as possible.
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