It’s an unfortunate, yet highly common, situation—you’ve been paying your water bill like clockwork for months or even years. Then, you notice a significant increase. In the absence of drastic rate changes or unusual, seasonal, activity, how can you explain the source of the increase? More importantly, how can you prevent it from happening again?
Unless you’ve recently begun washing more clothing, watering your lawn, or filling a pool, you can usually isolate a sudden increase in water usage to a few, select plumbing issues inside your home. Mr. Rooter of Central Oregon has compiled a handy watchlist—check these items first to address water usage:
Thoroughly inspect all visible pipes to ensure you aren’t dealing with a leak in your system. This includes under each sink, near your water heater, and those leading away from your outside supply and into your home. If you suspect a hidden leak, turn off your water supply and monitor your water meter for changes; if your meter continues to rise, you likely have a hidden leak on your property.
Dripping Faucets and Showers
A dripping faucet can waste gallons of water per year; multiply that by several faulty or inefficient faucets in your home, and you could be looking at a significant water bill increase. Even if your faucets are not leaking, consider adding an aerator to minimize water usage. In addition, encourage family members to turn off the faucet while brushing teeth, scrubbing hands, and in between rinsing dishes.
A constantly running toilet is a very common source of water waste. This goes double if you haven’t installed an efficient low-flow toilet, which can use up to 75% less water than a standard toilet. Add a few drops of food coloring to the upper tank—if you see color seeping to the bowl below, you need to address your flapper and internal mechanism.
Whether you’ve noticed issues in any of these areas or suspect a hidden leak, it’s best to call a qualified plumbing service to address your water loss. Your Central Oregon Mr. Rooter can diagnose the source of your water leakage and take steps to repair it quickly and efficiently. Contact us today for an estimate.