Water Bill Increases? Check for a Home Water Leak.
Water problems can be sneaky.
You might experience increases in your water bill without even thinking there’s an underlying issue. Those spikes, no matter how small or gradual, should make you check a few areas around your house to make sure you don’t have a leak or an open water flow. This can be the first step in avoiding costly water cleanup and restoration. We’ve listed a few notable areas to check on a regular basis.
Check exposed pipes, basement pipes and crawlspaces for any signs of a broken water pipe.
Air Conditioning Units
If you have cooled or frozen AC units, this can cause an unintended release of water.
Is it possible your toilet could be leaking? This includes toilets that continue running after being flushed — many people don’t consider this a problem, but it could be a reason for your bill increase and cause more future problems.
Are any faucets around your house dripping? Are your spigots open or leaking? This doesn’t always have to be a leak, but there can be an open water flow from watering the lawn, washing the car, etc. Open streams like this can add up to gallons of wasted water per day.
Check the meter line that runs from the meter to your house. Signs of a leak here are soft muddy areas in the grass or grass that is greener and growing faster than other patches around the yard.
Finding a small leak can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to cost you hundreds on your water bills – or even more in water and mold remediation, should the problem persist. Installing a leakSMART® leak detection system can also alert you to a home water leak, as the sensors will detect the water, the app will alert you to the unwanted water, and then a valve will shut off the water – all in less than 5 seconds.