Have you ever opened your water bill and received a nasty surprise? Many homeowners have had similar experiences. What happens in your home to make your water bill soar?
The most common culprit is a toilet. A leaking or running toilet can add a lot to your bill. This can be caused by a deteriorated flush valve in the tank. The valve needs to have a tight seal to keep water in the tank. To make sure it’s working properly, take the lid off the tank, flush the toilet, and wait for it to refill. Put a dye tablet or food coloring into the tank water and wait 20 minutes. If there is any dye in the toilet bowl, your flush valve is causing a leak and will need to be replaced.
What do you do if your flush valve is working but your toilet is still running? You might have a defective ballcock valve, which is in the tank. To determine if this is an issue, take the lid off the tank, flush the toilet, and watch to see if the water is going into the overflow tubes when the tank is full. If it does, you need a new ballcock valve installed. Just give us a call, and we can replace your deteriorated ballcock or flush valve.
Leaking or broken equipment might also be the problem. A dripping faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water a day. Broken pipes, a leaking heater, water softener malfunctions, improperly installed humidifiers, or sump pump deterioration should be investigated.
As a reminder, water consumption is usually higher in spring and summer than in fall and winter. Filling up a pool or hot tub, running the sprinklers, watering your lawn or garden, hosting guests and family, and water-cooled air conditioners all increase water consumption.
Whether you’re able to identify the cause or not, we are here to help!. We can check your home’s plumbing for leaks and fix any problems that are raising your water bill! Give us a call to schedule your in-home assessment today.