Do You Have an Unusually High Water Bill?
A high water bill is not a fun surprise. Below are 5 things you can look for if you suddenly discover that your water bill is out of line:
1. Continuously Running Toilet
Do you have a toilet that’s continuously running, and it ‘s not about the old joke, “you better go catch it?” If the stopper in the toilet tank gets caught and is not allowed to close, you could be wasting gallons and gallons of water. More commonly, if the stopper is old and worn, it may not seal properly allowing water to continually drain into the bowl.
2. Home for the Holidays
Are the kids home for the summer or holidays? Think about it, more showers, more flushes, and more laundry. Even having out-of-town guests for a day or two can cause a notable increase in water usage.
3. Dripping Faucets
Many of us have experienced a faucet that just wont stop dripping. Dripping Faucets can waste up to 20 gallons or more per day. If the drip is bad enough, it may be time to replace the fixture with one that keeps a good seal.
4. Water Softener Cycling Continuously
Soft water is great if your not paying out the nose for it. If your water softener is set to cycle too frequently, or if the automatic cycling mechanism malfunctions, you could have a costly issue on your hands. It’s a good idea to check the warranties on your softener and replace any components that may be causing increased water usage.
5. Broken Water Pipe
This can be a difficult one. Some leaks are obvious and easy to diagnose when you can see where the water is coming from. However, some leaks are slow or hidden in areas of your house where they are not so obvious, and can cause serious damage over time.
If you suspect a leak but can’t see it, turn off all of the faucets in your home and go outside to check the main water meter. If the water meter is still running after a few minutes when you’ve shut off all of the faucets, you could very well have a leak.