It can be concerning when you receive your monthly and see that it is much higher than normal, especially when you can’t pinpoint a reason for the increase in cost. Homeowners after often surprised to learn that some seemingly small problems can actually result in a higher-than-average water bill. For example, a running toilet could lead to an increase in your bill by $100 over the course of a year. A more costly bill could also mean it’s time to make repairs to fixtures, such as dealing with a leaky faucet. These dripping faucets that we mostly consider an annoyance can waste 300 gallons of water annually.
If you want to try to troubleshoot your costly water bill, we recommend starting with faucets and hose spigots that are located outside of the home. If a faucet isn’t completely turned off, it can waste up to a gallon of water a day. This issue can go unnoticed because you aren’t using these fixtures daily like you would a kitchen or bathroom faucet.
If you believe a running toilet is the cause of your expensive water bill, try taking a look inside your toilet bowl where the flapper is located. Like other plumbing components, your flapper will become worn down over time and may need to be replaced.
Another common problem area is your irrigation system. Walk around your yard and inspect your sprinkler heads to see if any of them are damaged or broken. After a full cycle, check your lawn for any areas that are waterlogged. Pooling water often indicates that you should adjust the watering time for each station. Or, it could indicate that there is a leak somewhere in your system. If you have inspected your plumbing equipment and can’t seem to locate the problem, our specialists can help. Our plumbers are highly trained and will be able to pinpoint the cause of your costly water bill.