A shockingly high water bill is always a cause for concern. Not only do you end up paying more than you’d like, but now there’s the possibility of a plumbing problem that could end up costing thousands down the road.
So what’s causing your higher-than-normal water bills? Well, if you received a water bill that was unusually high, you could have any of these 5 problems:
Not sure which of these problems is causing your higher-than-normal water bills? Read on. We’ll explain each of these problems and how you can determine which one is the problem.
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A leak in your plumbing is probably the most severe and expensive problem. If there’s a leak anywhere in your home’s pipes, it can allow gallons of water to go wasted unnoticed every hour.
Use the following test to determine whether you have a leak in your home:
If your water meter has a triangle and an arrow (like the one pictured below), check to see if either is moving. If they are, that means water is still flowing through your home’s pipes and you have a leak.
If your water meter looks like the one below, you have a digital water meter. Check the numbers at the bottom. If the numbers are over 0 and going up, you have a leak somewhere. You may need to record the number, wait 2 hours then check the number again.
If you’ve determined that you have a leak, have a professional examine your home’s plumbing to locate and repair the leak.
Related: 7 Signs Your Home Has a Slab Leak
According to the EPA, slow leaks (like a running toilet) can increase your water bill by up to 10%.
Not sure if this is the problem haunting your water bills? Just check for the following:
If you’ve discovered a leaking appliance, very carefully, tighten the connections with a wrench. However, if that doesn’t stop the leak or you need help, you’ll need to have a professional inspect and repair the leaky appliance.
A water heater that’s leaking can cost you double that of a normal cold water faucet leak because you’re paying for:
Not to mention, a leaky water heater will eventually burst, which, according to a study by DisasterSafety.org, can potentially cost over $4,000 in water damages.
A water heater can leak due to:
So, if you see water pooling around your water heater or signs of drippage, have a plumber inspect the unit immediately.
If you hear your water softener running continuously, it’s most likely stuck on “regeneration mode” and is wasting over 100 gallons of water every day.
You see, water softeners regularly go through a “regeneration” process which allows the unit to continue to remove the excess minerals in your Arizona hard water. The regeneration process, also called “backwashing” usually happens every 3-6 days. One regeneration cycle typically requires 50 to 100 gallons of water, depending on the size of your water heater.
So if you hear your water softener running non-stop, your unit is likely “stuck” in the regeneration process and you’ll need to have a plumber inspect the water softener and repair it.
Sometimes, a seemingly small change in water usage can cause unusually high water bills.
Some water usage changes to check for include:
If you notice a change in your household water usage habits and want to lower your monthly water bill, check out our blog, 4 Resources to Combat High Water Bills in Arizona.
If you’re struggling with high water bills, just contact us.
We’ll send over an experienced plumber who can inspect your home to find and repair the problem.