Posted on 8/13/2012
Leaky Water Faucet

If your finances are sinking because of a high water bill, get down to the bottom of the problem. The issue may be caused by something that’s easily fixed, such as a leaky pipe in your home. Here’s what you should do if your water bill seems too high:

Investigate Possible Causes
Several scenarios are potential causes of high water bills. Compare your current water rates with last month’s to make sure there has been no change. Another reason may be an increase in your home’s water usage. A water leak somewhere in your plumbing system is yet another typical reason for high water bills. Either way, it’s time to do some detective work to get to the bottom of the problem.

Check Exposed Pipes for Leaks
A leaky pipe wastes a lot of water every day. A pipe dripping once a second wastes 17 gallons of water a day and 6,248 a year, according to the United States Geological Survey. So check the pipes under your sinks, down in the basement, in the kitchen, and around your yard for signs of leaks.

Consider Changes in Water Use
Anything using excess water could be the culprit for your water spike. A new dishwasher, a problem with your air conditioner, a new pool, or even a new resident in the house will tack on more water usage to your bill. Observe your daily routine and that of residents in your home for obvious signs of increased water usage. You may also be using extra water if you’ve been watering plants more to compensate for dry weather.

Have a Pro Find the Problem
If none of these inquiries add up to your water bill problem, it’s time to call a professional plumber to check things out. Plumbers can detect leaks and problems in hidden pipes and faulty pressure valves and get things back to normal in no time.

Get to the bottom of your water bill mystery in Lake Bluff IL, today with the help of Arrow Plumbing Inc. We’re trained in the latest technology and leak-detecting techniques to help you save water and money. We also offer other licensed plumbing repairs and services to our customers. Call us today at (847) 549-9600 for more information.