Water is a major utility, it’s a significant concern for homeowners, renters, and commercial property owners alike. A high water bill should be eye raising not only because of the expenses but also because it means that water may be going to waste somewhere. When you notice that your water bill is higher than normal, it’s important to find the cause and have the issue fixed as soon as possible. Below are some common issues that could be causing your water bill to spike.
A running or leaky toilet can waste gallons of water per month, adding hundreds of dollars to your water bill. If you hear a hiss-like noise, you may have a leak and you should check the tank flapper, water line connections, and seals further. The most likely scenario is that the leak is caused by a faulty flapper in the toiler tank. Replacing the flapper is an easy fix that only takes a few minutes of work. You can get a new flapper at your local hardware store.
2.Leaky Faucets & Fixtures
Leaky faucet fixtures are another issue that could be causing your high water bill. Depending on how bad the leak is and how much water is getting wasted, the higher the water bill will be. A simple visual check of all your fixtures is all it takes to find a leak at the fixture. A faulty rubber washer in the faucet handle is highly likely to be the cause. If a bad washer is found to be the issue, shut off the water to the leaky faucet, unscrew the handle, remove the bad washer, and replace with a new one.
3.Leaky Washing Machine or Dishwasher
Your washing machine may be leaking. Because washing machines are usually in closets, you may not notice. Look around underneath it for evidence of leaking. To save on your water bill upgrade to a high-efficiency washer, which can use 50 % less water than older models.
Be sure to check your dishwasher for leaks as well. Consider upgrading your dishwasher if you haven’t already done so, as that uses less water also.
Leaks could occur outdoors also. If you have an irrigation system for your lawn, a loose joint or a line crack could leak even when the irrigation system is off. If the lines for the irrigation system are buried, finding these leaks could be difficult. You can try checking your lawn for unusually damp patches. To fix this kind of leak, you may need to have a professional plumber come out to find the leak and fix or replace the leaking irrigation lines.
5.Lateral Line Leaks
In some cases, one of the service pipes underground feeding water from your metered connection to your home could have a crack or loose joint. Pipe age, seismic activity, tree root intrusion, and animal activity are often contributing factors. A leak at the meter is a major problem. Contact a professional, as they can recommend the best solution for the problem.
A change of seasons may change your water usage needs. Summer is known for higher water bills because of these reasons:
- You’re more active, leading to more showers.
- Lawns and plants need to be watered frequently
- Kids are home, therefore using more water during the day
- Some air conditioners are water-cooled
- Pools may need to be filled multiple times
7. Household Guests
You may not think about it but adding a new guest/family member to your household can have a significant impact on your utility bill. This happens during the holidays when the kids are on break and back home, or family or friends are staying over. Plan ahead and budget for higher water consumption during the holidays.
Staying on top of these common issues will help you significantly lower your water bill and resource efficiency.