Minor Plumbing Issues that Lead to Big Water Bills

Sometimes plumbing issues seem really minor and not worth the time or money to address. After all, a steady drip or the sound of running water may be slightly annoying, but they aren’t a major inconvenience and can easily be ignored. Ignoring these problems can actually cost you a lot of money in excess water bills.

Dripping Faucets

Do you realize that dripping faucets can raise your water usage by as much as 20 liters per day? This is at a rate of one drip per second, and many faucets drip much more often than that. A dripping faucet is also usually fairly easy to repair. The fixture itself may be degraded and need to be replaced, but you might just need to replace a washer or seal.

Running Toilets

A toilet that runs when it shouldn’t is a huge money waster. If your toilet runs constantly, it could use as much as 90 gallons of water per day, depending on the type of toilet and the size of the tank. That’s as much water as the average American household consumes in a day. If your toilet runs for a week without being detected or repaired, you’ve spent a fortune in excess water usage.

Other Causes of High Water Bills

If your water bill has become much higher recently and you haven’t changed your habits, look for leaks first. If the dripping faucet or running toilet aren’t to blame, there could be a leak in the plumbing you can’t see or the plumbing from your home to the main water line. Some of this plumbing is the jurisdiction of the city or water company, but most of it will be your responsibility to maintain or repair.

If you don’t know what’s causing your high water bills, contact us today so we can come out and do an assessment. We will be able to inspect all of your plumbing, so we can determine exactly where the water wasters are and get them repaired as soon as possible. Contact us today to schedule.