It’s not unusual for water bills to rise from time to time, especially during the summer. On the other hand, be sure to take action if your bill dramatically increases for no apparent reason. Your plumbing system may need repair or maintenance.
Many different fixtures and machines can develop problems that cause your bill to rise. For example, a toilet may run frequently if its tank has a leaky flapper. A dripping faucet could waste 10 to 25 gallons each day! Other potential causes include:
- Leaky water heater
- Defective utility meter
- Malfunctioning appliances
- Faulty water softener
- Dripping shower head
When you look for the cause, check all indoor and outdoor faucets as well as pipes under sinks. Examine the plumbing connections to your washing machine, water heater, dishwasher and ice maker. A toilet may be to blame if it keeps producing noise after the tank has filled.
Walls and other building materials can sometimes conceal broken plumbing. A leak may cause the water pressure to drop, and you might find unusual signs of moisture in or around your house. Watch the utility meter to see if your home consumes water at all hours.
This type of leak may result in major damage and mold growth, so it’s crucial to take action quickly. If a sewer line is leaking, it could also create abnormally moist areas on your property. One difference is that sewer pipe problems often create drain odors.
Aside from fixing leaks and faulty equipment, you can take a wide range of steps to conserve water and save money. Try using a timer to remind yourself to take shorter showers or turn off the sprinkler. You won’t need to refill a swimming pool as frequently if you use a pool cover. Other tips include:
- Don’t use water to thaw food
- Avoid unnecessarily large dishes
- Upgrade to WaterSense fixtures
- Buy a low-flow shower head
Call a Plumber
Regular maintenance and prompt service often prevent water bill surprises. A plumbing professional also knows how to precisely identify the reasons why your bill has increased. You can rely on a plumber to safely perform any necessary repairs or upgrades.
Knight’s Mechanical provides expert plumbing services. We fix pipes, fixtures, water heaters, valves, sewer lines and more. Our staff also installs efficient, dependable new equipment. For more information or a free quote, please call 270-765-4141 today.