Are you wondering why your water bill has been increasing over the past few months?
At the end of the year when you pay your taxes and you glance at your expanses, you’re not looking for any surprises. If you look at your water bill and compare them to last years, you will probably wonder why are they increasing.
There are a lot of reasons as to why your water bill is rising that are not so evident. The good news is once you can identify these reasons, getting your water bill back were you like it. Let’s take a look at some of the common reasons water bills increase under the nose of the homeowner:
1. Your Toilets Won’t Shut Off
Some “classic” toilets use as much as five to seven gallons of water per flush. Commodes use more water than any other fixture in a home. When they’re not working like they are supposed to, the water usage could rise.
When your water bill surprisingly jumps north, check your toilets. Toilets that are not working properly will run forever. Running toilets are the most common source of high water bills. It could be because of a seal issue, if that’s the case it’s going to keep running to refill itself. This uses a lot of extra gallons of H20.
2. Unseen Leaks
Unseen leaks are another culprit that can cause a increase in your water bill. An Unseen leak, by definition, is usually a leak not visible to the naked eye. If you cant see it, you don’t know to fix it. Even worse, an unseen leak can damage your home.
Unseen leaks can lead to mold growth, water stains, rot, and flooding. If you suspect a hidden leak you might consider hiring a Barrington Illinois plumber who can check your water pressure and then know where to look.
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3. Dripping Faucets
They don’t seem like much at first, but over time a ghost drip adds up. One dripping faucet left unrepaired for a month can end up expelling hundreds of gallons of wasted water. Drips are not just annoying–they can cost!
If you are unable to remedy the drip yourself, hire a professional plumber to help you out. Plumbers are good at sniffing out problems like locating and fixing a leaky faucet, solving the pesky problem of no hot water in the shower, and dishwasher leaks, just to name a few.
4. Not WaterSense Approved
The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) created the WasterSense Program to help promote water conservation efforts. If your appliance comes with a WaterSense label, it means it is 20% more efficient than comparable products.
The efficiency is achieved through ecologically-friendly technology. Measurable results are available, so you can compare appliances yourself. If you’ve changed out an appliance with one that is not WaterSense approved that could be the culprit for your rising water bill.
5. Situational Factors
A rising water bill can also be the result of other factors like hosting a guest or family member for an extended period of time. According to the USGS Water Science School , one person uses about 80-100 gallons of water per day in the U.S.
You can easily see how additions to the family can spike your water bill. Ultimately, if you’re not sure why your bill is rising contact a trusted plumber and chances are they’ll be able point you in the right direction.
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