Is your water bill set to auto-pay? If so, you might not notice fluctuations in your bills throughout the year. Ideally, your bill should remain relatively constant unless you know for a fact that there was a significant water event during one month. So checking your water bill regularly is an excellent way to ensure that your home's water supply is behaving as it should. If you do notice a spike in the bill, that should signal an alarm for you.
There can be a number of reasons why your water bill is high, from leaks to excessive water use. Read on to find out more about each of these causes and how to address them.
Leaks are often the culprit when it comes to high water bills. A leak can waste hundreds of gallons of water a day, resulting in a higher than the average bill. If you think you might have a leak, check your water meter. A fluctuating meter is a good sign of abnormal water use. Additionally, look around your home, both inside and outside, for obvious signs of water leaks. If you don't see anything too obvious, then call in a professional. We have technology that will help us find hidden water leaks without needing to break down walls or dig into ceilings.
Water leaks occur all throughout your home and for a variety of reasons. HEre are some of the most common spots where we find water leaks:
- Under sinks
- Outside water bibs
- Water heaters
- Air conditioning units
Have you noticed dripping water or pools of water in any of these spaces? Call a professional plumber right away!
Another common reason for high water bills is water waste. Leaks can cause this, but it can also happen when people use too much water without realizing it. There are a number of ways to reduce how much water you use in your daily life. Reducing your water use and waste is more important than ever with the impacts of global warming and neverending draughts looming overhead.
There are a number of ways to limit your water waste; here are some of the most impactful changes you can make:
- Take shorter showers
- Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your face
- Use the dishwasher instead of hand washing dishes
- Install WaterSense faucets, showerheads, and toilets
- Only do laundry once you have a full load of clothing
- While waiting for the shower to heat up, fill a bucket and use that water to water your plants or wash the car
By understanding the reasons for high water bills, you can take steps to address the issue and lower your monthly costs. Contact your local water department for more information if you're still having trouble with high water bills. They can help you identify leaks, water waste, and other issues that may be causing your high bill. They may also be able to give you tips on how to reduce your water usage and save money on your bill.
For help with fixing and preventing future water leaks, contact your local plumbing professionals at Pure Plumbing! We know all about water leaks and water waste and have compiled an abundance of tips and tricks along the way to help minimize them. Visit our website or give us a call at (469) 242-6477 to learn more about our services. We look forward to helping you save money and water!