When you’ve lived in a home for a long time, it’s fairly easy to predict how much your bills are going to be. However, what happens when a bill, such as your water bill, skyrockets for no apparent reason? Here are some of the common culprits:
Increase in water usage
Did you recently fill a hot tub or pool, have guests in your home, water your lawn more than usual or anything else out of the ordinary? Unless you’re enrolled in a program where you pay a flat fee each month, this could cause a temporary increase in your water bill.
Continuously running toilet
Believe it or not, the most common reason for an extremely high water bill is a running toilet, which can waste over 200 gallons of water per day or more. You can usually hear a continuously running toilet but sometimes, you can’t. If you suspect a leak, put some food coloring in the toilet tank. Wait 30 minutes and then check the bowl. If the colored water made its way into the bowl, you have a leak that needs fixed.
Though it doesn’t waste as much water as a continuously running toilet, a dripping faucet can waste a lot of water, inflating your bill. Even if your faucet is leaking at a rate of 1 drop per second, it’s wasting multiple gallons of water per day. Leaking faucets can occur indoors, such as a sink or a bathtub, or on outdoor spigots.
During the summer months, irrigation systems can contribute to extremely high water usage if they aren’t functioning properly. Ensure that there are no leaks or broken sprinkler heads and that the system is programmed correctly.
Unfortunately, there could be a break or crack in the pipes underground, which is much harder to detect yourself. These types of leaks often require more time and money to fix. If you find wet spots in your yard for no reason, you may have a leak.
Though not as common as a leak, your home’s water meter, or the device that records the amount of water being used, could be broken or malfunctioning. One way to determine if your meter is broken is to find a multi-gallon bucket that you can fill up with an exact measurement. Check the meter before and after you fill up. If there are discrepancies, you may have a faulty meter.
Don’t let your hard-earned money go down the drain. If you suspect a leak or another issue with your plumbing, call the experts at Crown.