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Why Has My Water Bill Been Rising?

If you’ve noticed that your water bill has been higher than normal lately, and nobody has been taking extra long showers or excessively watering the lawn, you may be facing a plumbing issue. These common household problems are often overlooked and ignored. Here are a few of the simple cases that may be causing your water bill to rise.

  • Running Toilets- Did you know that toilets use more water than any other fixture in our homes? Everytime you flush, all the water from the toilet tank has to transfer into the bowl. Before it can flush properly again, the toilet has to refill the tank. If you’ve noticed that your toilet won’t stop running, something is preventing the toilet tank from refilling correctly. Some older toilets that are no longer working efficiently can use up to seven gallons of water per flush. For this reason, toilets are often the most common source for an increase in your water bill. Typically, this occurs because the flapper separating the tank from the bowl is broken. Replacing the flapper is a fairly easy job. Contact your local plumber to assess the situation, as it could also be an issue with the refill valve.
  • Hidden Leaks- Another factor that could be contributing to your high water bill is hidden links. To seek out these hidden leaks check in areas that you don’t look as often. Under your sink, near outdoor plumbing fixtures, behind your toilet, or in the basement are all good places to search. Leaks should be taken care of immediately, as they not only increase your bill but can also lead to mold growth, water stains, and other problems in your home.
  • Ignoring A Drip- Not only is the drip noise coming from your faucet annoying, but it could also be causing a spike in your water bill. A dripping faucet may not seem like a big deal, as it only looks like a tiny bit of water, but a drip that has been ignored for months could be wasting thousands of gallons of water. Fixing your dripping faucet should have a significant impact on your water bill.

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MasterTech is happy to assist you in your plumbing repairs, in order to reduce your water bill. Fill out our contact form today or call us directly at (508) 388-6007