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Why is My Water Bill So High?

Posted on August 7th, 2019 by Jupiter Tequesta

A dripping faucet

No one likes to pay bills, but they are a significant part of owning a home. If you notice your water bill spikes higher than usual, you’re probably anxious to figure out how to fix it. Whether it’s a leak, consumption increase, or a problem with a plumbing fixture, it’s important to get to the bottom of your high water bill. 

Leaking And Running Toilets

Twenty-five percent of your home’s water use comes from the toilet. Most of us don’t pay attention to our bathrooms unless there’s a problem. Sometimes we may associate our toilet running with the fact that it’s an older model. However, if you have a leaking or running toilet, the amount of water wasted will significantly increase your monthly water bill and should be fixed immediately.

To check your toilet for leaks, add a couple of food coloring drops to the water. Wait for about 30 minutes. If the color has seeped into the bowl, then your toilet has a leak. Your next step is to then call a plumber.

Leaking Faucet

A leaking faucet is more than a small nuisance. Without fixing the leak, your faucet can cause you to waste up to 20 liters of water per day. Repairing the leak in your faucet is a simple fix for your local plumbing professional, and within one maintenance call you’ll be back up and running — leak-free.

Underground Leaks

It can be difficult for homeowners to notice an underground leak. You may not realize that you have an underground leak until you get your water bill and see a significant increase. To prevent any surprises, you should keep track of your water usage. Check your other fixtures for leaks, and if your water bill still doesn’t seem right, it may be time to call a plumber for an inspection. They can locate your underground pipes and get to the bottom of your plumbing problems.

Broken Meter

Water companies read the meter before they charge you, and if your meter is broken, you may not be paying the correct amount. You can call your water company to inspect the meter if you think it could be broken.

Occasional or Seasonal Increases in Water Consumption

Though you may be thinking that your water usage increase is out of your control, it isn’t. One of the biggest reasons for a higher water bill is an increase in water consumption. Your water usage may increase during certain times of the year. For example, you may use more water during the summer because you are taking care of your garden or lawn. You may also have more visitors over for BBQs and pool parties. This can increase your water usage significantly daily.
If you have a plumbing issue that is causing your water bill to be high, don’t wait to call a plumber. Contact Jupiter-Tequesta for all of your repair and maintenance needs; we’re here 24/7 to provide you with excellent service and to help you get those utility bills under control.


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