Spiking Water Bills. Plumbing issues that can mean bigger problems #7

November 17, 2021
Water bill spiked? ASC gets into what could be the bigger problem

Part of being a homeowner is budgeting for your monthly utility bills. Your gas, electrical and water consumption all add up quickly, especially if there is something going wrong in your home. You may notice that your water bill is starting to increase each month. You could also see a large spike in the amount of water that is being consumed, though your usage seems typical. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why a water bill can go up.

Consider Your Water Usage

You may open your water bill, and your jaw will drop at the price. Before you panic, take a second to think about what your water usage looked like that month. Did you forget that you added water to your pool? Did the dry weather require you to water your lawn frequently? If the answer to all of these questions is no and you can’t figure out what caused the increase in water consumption, it’s time to do a little more investigative work.

You can also compare your monthly water consumption to what you used during that month the year before. Most bills will include a history of how much water you’ve used for the past year or so. Take a peek to see if the amounts match up. If there is a big difference between the two, think about whether or not there’s an obvious reason why this would be.

Keep in mind, you should look at how your bill is structured. Some water companies will periodically estimate your bills. This means that your bill that’s received after the estimated bill might be a bit higher if your consumption was up that month prior.

Leaky Faucets

Don’t disregard that faucet that’s slowly leaking in your bathroom. Even if you think the drip is slow and irrelevant, you could be using a few extra gallons of water each day from that drip. If you have a few faucets leaking, think about how much water is being wasted! Most of these issues tend to be a quick plumbing fix, and it’s worth it to lower your monthly water costs.

Issues with Outdoor Fixtures

If you’ve taken a look at all of the plumbing that you have inside of your home and haven’t detected a problem, you should consider what’s going on outside your home. If you have an underground sprinkler or irrigation system outside, there could be a problem that you don’t even see. Routine maintenance is needed for these systems to ensure they don’t rupture during the winter months. Sprinkler heads should be in good shape, and they shouldn’t be leaking.

Take a look at how your irrigation system is programmed. The most effective time of day to schedule your watering is very early in the morning or very late at night. Watering during the day when temperatures are high can result in a higher amount of water being used, and you just don’t get the same results.

Leaking Pipes

The majority of your home’s pipes are probably located in your basement and in the walls of your home. If one of these hidden pipes were to leak, you might not know about the problem for awhile. After some time, you may start to see water spots somewhere that will tip you off to the problem. If you don’t, a leak can exist for quite a long time. Not only will this cause your water bill to rise, but you could experience some major household damage. If you have a water bill that’s recently spiked, it might be a good idea to have a plumbing professional give everything a once-over to see if there are any leaks present. You can also take a look at the appliances in your home that utilize water to see if there’s an issue at the site of their plumbing connection. This includes your dishwasher, washing machine and refrigerator.

Is Your Toilet Running?

Toilets that are malfunctioning can continuously or intermittently run even when you haven’t flushed them. When the toilet runs, water is being consumed. You can actually waste as much as 200 gallons of water per day if you’re having toilet trouble, so it’s a good idea to call in a professional to fix the issue before your water bill gets out of hand.

If you’re not sure whether or not you should call in a professional to check your toilet, fill your toilet tank up with water. Add a few drops of food coloring in it. After approximately 45 minutes, go back and check the bowl. If there is colored liquid in the bottom portion of the toilet bowl, then you have a running toilet or a leak that should be addressed.

At American Service company, we can determine what the problem is, correct the issue and make sure that you don’t have any permanent damage to worry about. Routine maintenance and repairs can ensure that your water bills don’t start to creep up. Give us a call at 804-739-4094 for more information, or send us a message on our website.