4 Reasons Your Water Bill Is Higher Than Usual

Posted on: 9 January 2019

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Have you noticed that your water bill seems to be higher than usual? If so, you are likely wondering what the cause is. There are a number of things that could be attributed to the rise in your bill. There are a few simple things that you can check, and they are listed below.

Rate Increase

Sometimes property owners do not pay attention to their rates. This should be the first thing that you check. It is possible that there is a rate increase that is the culprit. Some water companies may send out notices regarding rate increases as a courtesy. This is not always the case, though. 

Faucet Drips

Perhaps you have noticed that one or more faucets in your home drip drops of water. You may think that it is a minimal loss of water since the water is not streaming from the faucet(s). However, the small drops of water can really add up. Think about it. Constant dripping 24/7 over the course of a month can really add up to gallons of wasted water. Fixing a faucet drip is an easy feat. Keep in mind that showerheads may also drip. The culprit of these drips is usually replacing the washer in these fixtures. It is possible that older fixtures might need to be upgraded due to wear and tear if replacing the washer does not work.

Leaks

Some leaks are hard to locate. There are cues that you can use that may offer clues about their location. Leaks can cause brown spots on walls and ceilings. You might also notice mold or mildew on surfaces accompanied by a musty odor. Mold is toxic and can spread quickly. This is why you should call a plumber if you suspect a leak and cannot find it.

Toilet

Perhaps your toilet continuously runs water. This is water that is being wasted. It is usually a seal issue, but it could be caused by other components of the toilet that need to be replaced. The first component to check is the flapper in the toilet tank to ensure that the seal is solid. If not, replace the flapper. If the issue persists, a plumber will likely need to inspect the toilet and replace the defective parts.

A plumber is a good resource to use if you cannot determine what is causing your water bill to skyrocket. The issue could be something deep within your plumbing system that is not easy for the average person to detect. For example, you may have a leak that is located behind the walls in your home or a slab leak. Residential plumbing repair services will be needed to correct these issues.