Each time you get your water bill, your water usage should be pretty close the same. When there are spikes in your water bill often there is an issue. Unknown water usage often points to a broken pipe or a leak. When a broken pipe or a leak goes unnoticed, often you will notice it on your water bill. When your water bill has suddenly spiked there is a problem that needs to be addressed. Randall’s Plumbing will share some of the common signs of leaks that could be the cause of the excessive water usages.
Toilets can develop leaks and the tank will slowly drain out water. Toilet leaks can be easily missed as not all leaks will puddle on the floor. Toilet tanks can leak and the water will run down the toilet’s drain. When toilets leak, it can waste gallons of water each week. When a toilet is leaking the water will refill. You will often hear the tank refilling or a hissing sound when the toilet bowl loses water. It is important to determine if the toilet leaks can be repaired or if it is time to replace the toilet.
Another major contributor to an increased water bill are leaky faucets. Faucets should never drip constantly. When a faucet drips it may not seem like a big deal. However, a dripping faucet can lead to thousands of gallons of water waste in a single year. Faucets not only drip, but they can leak from the spout connections, or the house connections. It important to repair leaky hoses and dripping faucets. Faucets that drip can be repaired. Depending on their age you may want to consider replacing the faucets if they develop major leaks and or drips.
Broken Sprinkler Pipe
One of the biggest management challenges for many homeowners is the irrigation system. There are many pipes and irrigation hoses that weave throughout the yard and they can be hard to maintain. Another culprit to consider is the irrigation system. Sprinkles wear down very quickly and need to be repaired or replaced. Irrigation piping can break and it often happens underground which makes it hard to detect the break. When you have a high water bill and you can’t find a problem inside the home, put your attention on your irrigation system. It may be hard to locate a leak, so when you are looking for a leak outside pay attention to the ground and look for super saturated ground. The plants near the leak may be green or growing faster than normal as well. Some plants can develop root rot if overwatered. You can also look for failing plant life as well.
What Happens when a Water Pipe Breaks?
When a water supply pipe breaks or cracks either due to high pressure, tree roots, or age water will begin rushing out. A broken pipe will waste a lot of water. An intensely high water bill is a clear sign that a water supply line has broken. You will need to locate the site of the break and repair the pipe quickly. Excessive water leak near the home can lead to damages to the foundation or flood the inside of the home. Depending on the location of the leak the situation will vary. However all scenarios are bad.