Many homeowners will ignore leaking faucets or running toilets, assuming that these small plumbing problems won’t really have an impact. However, a leaking faucet can waste as many as 300 gallons of water in a year, and a running toilet can cost you an extra $100 on your water bill in that same time period. If you’ve noticed an increase in your water bill, make sure none of your toilets are running and check all faucets, both inside and outside, for any leaks. If you can’t pinpoint your problem there and want to troubleshoot the issue on your own, examine your sprinkler system. A broken or damaged sprinkler head could also be the culprit.
Unfortunately, there are cases when an increase in a water bill is due to a bigger headache, which can be caused by something like a slab leak. Slab leaks happen over time, as water corrodes the copper pipes under your home. If you’ve noticed out of the ordinary puddles of water around the exterior home, if your floor is moist, if your house smells musty or if your water pressure has been lower than usual, you may have a slab leak. This kind of leak not only puts you in danger of water damage, but it can also make your property more attractive to pests.
Whether you need help pinpointing the cause of your increased water bill or you’re looking for a licensed plumber to address the problem, you can rely on ABC.