Seeing Higher Water Bills? Here Are a Few Possible Reasons

If the water bills for your Orlando, Florida, home are increasing, you’ll want effective ways to keep them in check. Escalating water bills for no apparent reason often mean there’s a leak somewhere in the system. Here are some reasons you could be seeing higher water bills.

Leaky Toilets

Leaky toilets mean water waste. According to the EPA, toilets are responsible for almost 30 percent of a typical family’s indoor water use. A toilet that’s constantly running wastes almost 200 gallons of water daily. Test your toilet for leaks by placing a dye tablet in the tank. If the dye appears in the toilet bowl after about 30 minutes, there’s a leak. You can attribute most toilet leaks to worn flappers.

Leaky Faucets

Leaky faucets rank almost as high as toilets when it comes to generating leaks. Even slow drips can cause high water bills. According to the EPA, faucets that drip only once per second can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water annually. Faucet leaks are usually an easy fix. In most cases, replacing a bad rubber washer is all you have to do.

Leaky Sprinkler Systems

A loose joint or a line crack can generate leaks in your sprinkler. Sprinker damage can occur over time or due to landscaping accidents. You can easily spot irrigation leaks. You’ll notice wet areas on your lawn areas or patches of grass that are lusher or greener than other areas. Even a tiny leak or drip can add up over time, so it’s best to repair leaks immediately.

Lateral Line Leaks

Lateral line leaks happen when an underground water supply pipe develops a crack or a loose joint. Aging pipes and tree roots are usually to blame. These leaks are more serious than sprinkler system leaks. You should always contact a professional plumber for a consultation.

To learn more about Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Orlando and our plumbing services, give us a call today at (407) 584-1042. We’ll take care of leaks and other problems so you can reduce your water usage and manage those water bills.