Clean water, air conditioning, and plumbing are the basic commodities that keep us content and comfortable in our homes. And, when it comes to running water, it’s difficult to imagine home without it. After all, you rely on it for so many things — to quench thirst, bathe, cook, maintain the family aquarium, water your garden, and more. While households rely heavily on water for various things, high water bills can indicate an issue. But, what exactly causes them? And is there anything you can do to lower them or prevent them in the first place? We cover the five most common causes of high water bills below.
5 Common Causes of High Water Bills
1. Running or Leaky Toilet
Toilets are used often, which makes them account for about 30 percent of indoor water use for your home. But, toilets being used often isn’t the problem — unless they’re running or leaking. If your water bills have skyrocketed, a leaking or running toilet could be a likely cause. That’s because this seemingly minor plumbing problem can waste upwards of 6,000 gallons of water per month, adding hundreds of dollars onto your water bill. Yikes!
Fortunately, checking for toilet leaks is simple and can be done using two different methods. First, is your toilet making a hiss-like noise? If it is, you’ll want to check the tank flapper, water line connections, and seals. Alternatively, take the lid off your toilet’s tank and put in some drops of food coloring. After the dye has been dripped in the tank, set a timer for 15 minutes and check the toilet bowl for dye. If you see dye in the toilet bowl, a leak is allowing the tank water to seep into the bowl. Before you panic, know that a toilet leak is usually a relatively easy fix caused by a faulty flapper. Here’s how to replace a toilet flapper in five steps.
2. Leaky Faucets
Leaking faucets are annoying to hear. But, what’s more annoying is the amount of water that’s wasted from this problem and the additional money you’ll have to pay because of it. Check all of your home’s faucets for dripping, taking a close look at your sink faucets, showerheads, and other fixtures.
If you have a leaky faucet, there are several possible causes, including a worn-out washer, mineral deposits, a corroded valve, worn-out O-ring, or loose parts. Luckily, regardless of the cause, fixing a leaky faucet is easy and can be done in just a few steps using our handy step-by-step guide.
3. Old Fixtures
If you’ve recently purchased a home and have noticed high water bills right from the get-go, your plumbing fixtures may be outdated. Examine your home’s toilets, faucets, and other fixtures for their manufacturing dates. If your fixtures are outdated, new installations will be a necessary investment to put an end to outrageous water bills.
4. Increased Water Use
Have you and your family been staying at home more often? Do you have guests staying with you? If so, additional water is being used — naturally causing your water bills to increase. The best way to prevent a sudden spike in your water use is to plan ahead by creating a budget that takes higher water consumption into account for when more people are in your home.
5. Wasteful Water Habits
While you may not like hearing this, one possible reason your water bills have increased may be because you’re wasting water. Your household may be consuming more water than it actually needs, and of course, you’re paying for it. But, how do you know if you’re wasting water? Frequently using laundry machines, taking long showers, washing dishes by hand, running water while brushing your teeth, or shaving are all water wasting behaviors. To use water more efficiently, consider making the following changes:
- Do full loads of laundry once or twice per week
- Reduce time spent in the shower
- Use your dishwasher instead of hand washing dishes
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving
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