Common Plumbing Culprits for Spiking Water Bills

For homeowners all over the country, managing monthly utility spending is an important budgetary concern. There are several areas to assess here, including gas, electrical usage and, perhaps most well-known, water usage as well.

At My Buddy the Plumber in Provo, our quality plumbing services range from drain cleaning and sewer line maintenance to water filtration and water heater repair – all areas that impact your water usage and your bill at the end of the month. What are some of the reasons why your water bill might be rising? Here are some areas to look into if you’ve noticed this in recent months.

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General Water Usage

For starters, it’s important to assess whether this rise in your water bill is legitimate. Certain seasonal changes, such as the move from winter to summer and resulting sprinkler and other outdoor water usage, may dictate you using more water – and this will naturally raise your bill.

In these situations, it’s important to compare your current usage not to recent months in the same year, but rather to previous years. So for June 2019, compare your bill to June 2018 or June 2017 – if things are about the same, this is just a natural seasonal increase. If not, you can begin to search for other culprits.

Faucet Leak Concerns

In many cases, dripping faucets are the cause of an inflated water bill. Even a faucet that appears to be dripping slowly will waste several gallons of water per day, whether the faucet is indoors or outdoors. This should be one of the first areas you check throughout the home.

Sprinklers, Irrigation and Underground Issues

While the use of sprinklers and irrigation is normal for spring and summer seasons, these systems require general maintenance and upkeep to ensure they don’t waste water. Make sure sprinkler heads are in good shape and not prone to leaks, plus that the system is programmed properly and only using the correct amounts of water. If you happen to notice wet spots on the lawn or in the yard during strange times of day, call our pros or sprinkler services to find out if an underground issue may have taken place.

Running Toilet

One of the top reasons for a massive water bill, the kind that’s multiple times the usual expectation, is a continuously running toilet. Have you noticed that one of your toilets doesn’t stop making noise after it’s flushed? This is often the case, though there are also continuous running issues where no noise is present. These concerns can waste over 200 gallons of water in a single day, costing you massive sums.

If you’re unsure whether a high water bill is due to this kind of issue, there’s a simple test you can perform: Fill your toilet tank, the part above the bowl, with food coloring while the toilet is not being used. Wait about half an hour, and then check the actual bowl itself – has some of the food coloring found its way down into the bowl despite you not flushing the toilet? This is a sign that you have a running toilet or a leak issue that requires immediate attention.

For more on assessing the causes of a high water bill, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff at My Buddy the Plumber today.