It’s a good idea to monitor your water bill from month to month to look for anomalies. You might have leaks within your home or even a broken underground pipe that’s causing your bill to increase.
The best way to discover the cause of an increased water bill is to start by looking around your home. Here are some areas of your home you should check on your own before seeking a water line leak detection service.
1. Consider Water Usage for Watering Plants and Grass
During planting season, you might increase your water usage to water your new plants, trees or grass. It’s also common for households to increase their water usage during the heat of the summer to keep plants and grass from dying as the weather dries out.
2. Check for Toilet and Faucet Leeks
A leak that only drips once per second can use as much as 17 gallons of water in one day! Some faucet and toilet leaks are slow and use little water. But with time, those leaks can get worse. Take a moment to inspect all your faucets and toilets for leaks.
For faucets, you can do a visual check. Just pause for a minute or so watching the faucet and if you don’t see any drips, everything is probably normal. Do the same with your showers. If you see any leaks, replace the fixture immediately.
Toilets can either run constantly, which you can check by just listening to your toilet. Or you might be dealing with a leak in your toilet. The best way to find this is to put a dye tablet in your toilet tank. Come back after about 20 minutes and check the bowl. If there is any dye in the bowl, you likely have a leak.
3. New Home Equipment that Consumes Water
An increase in your water bill could be coming from new home equipment, such as a refrigerator or freezer that connects to your water line. The increase you see in such equipment should be small though. One way to make sure the increases you see from home equipment are small is to purchase the most modern and efficient home devices.
4. Increases in Common Household Water Usage
When college students are home on break or you have guests over for a while, you might see increases in your water usage. Mild increases in your bill might be from the fact that your household simply isn’t as in-tune to its water usage as it could be.
Discuss the matter with your household members to build awareness for water usage.
When to Hire Leak Detection Services
If your water bill stays high even after you’ve checked these common water-guzzling culprits, it’s time to hire water line leak detection services.
You might have an undetected broken underground pipe or irrigation system leak that’s causing the spike in your water bill.
All it takes is a crack in the line or a loose joint to make your water bill increase rapidly. The damage could be due to age, animal intrusion, tree roots growing into your pipes or other natural causes.
ACS Underground Solutions uses a combination of detection services to find your water leak. This includes acoustic, gaseous, thermal energy, a noise logger or some combination of these tools. The method depends on your specific circumstances.
For leak detection services, contact us 24/7 with one of four convenient contact methods. We’ll evaluate your problem promptly to ensure you don’t have to live with a high water bill.
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