Potential Causes of High Water Bills

October 8, 2021

Getting an abnormally-high water bill in the mail is always distressing. Did you really use that much water over the last month, or is there another reason your home seems to be hemorrhaging water and cash? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that about 10 percent of American homes leak 90 or more gallons of water per day. If your home is one of those, the costs can add up fast.

When you receive an unusually-high water bill, it’s important that you call a plumber as soon as possible. They’ll be able to fix any problems and make suggestions to improve your water efficiency.

Here’s a closer look at some potential causes of high water bills:

  • Leaky faucets or other fixtures: Drip, drip, drip. If that sounds familiar, you may have a faucet or fixture leak. If your faucet leaks one drip per second, you could be wasting up to 17 gallons per day. All you need to do is check your faucets for drips every few days. If there’s a leak, you might be able to replace the rubber washer inside to solve the problem.
  • Constantly-running or leaky toilet: When your toilet leaks or constantly runs, you could be wasting up to 6,000 gallons of water per month. Toilets usually make up for about a third of household water usage, but leaky or running toilets are far more wasteful.
  • Outdated fixtures and toilets: If you haven’t updated your fixtures and toilets since your house was built, it may be time to consider replacing them. Older fixtures are more likely to waste water, especially compared to modern, low-flow toilets and faucets.
  • New appliances: If you have a new appliance that uses water, it may use more water than you expected. First check for leaks in the water line. If you don’t see any issues, call a plumber to find the source of your high water bills.
  • New household members or guests: Adding new people to the family or hosting guests can be an exciting time. When you get the resulting bills, however, the increased expenses may surprise you. If there are no leaks or other plumbing issues to blame, this is a good time to improve your water-efficiency practices. Limit showers, only run the washing machine and dishwasher when you have full loads and conserve irrigation water as much as possible.
  • Irrigation leaks: High water bills might be due to leaks in your irrigation system, which aren’t always easy to spot. Look for pooling water, extra lush grass or mud—then call your plumber.
  • Lateral line leaks: Finally, the pipes running from the municipal system to your home may be cracked or broken. Your plumber can determine whether this is the case and make the appropriate repairs.

High water bills are frustrating. When you call the plumbers at Moody & McClendon Plumbing Inc., we’ll search for the source of the problem and fix it while you wait. For more information about plumbing services and to schedule an appointment, call us today.

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