Your water bill could be unusually high for a few reasons, like:
Below, we’ll walk you through each issue in more detail, and let you know how to check to determine what your issue is.
Need a plumber ASAP? Call us or schedule an appointment online. One of our plumbers will diagnose the issue to find out why your water bill is so high.
This might sound like an obvious suggestion, but a small change in your water usage—even if the usage only lasts a few days—can have a big impact on your water bill.
Activities that could easily increase last month’s water bill include:
If you haven’t done any of the above, but have noticed your water bill steadily increasing over that past several months, you likely have an issue with some part of your plumbing.
A running toilet or dripping faucet is money down the drain—literally.
According to the USGS drip calculator, 2 faucets that drip 3 times a minute can waste up to 2 liters of water a day.
And depending on the water pressure, a running toilet (indicating a leaky flapper) can leak over a gallon of water every 30 seconds—wasting anywhere from 25 to over 4,000 gallons of water in a single day.
A running toilet or leaking fixture isn’t always obvious, but a closer look at the faucet, showerhead, or toilet should let you know if it’s not working properly:
If one of your fixtures is leaking, you can try to fix the leak yourself. However, if the leak is extensive or hard to locate, you will probably need to enlist the help of a professional.
Water-based appliances have seals that prevent water from going where it shouldn’t—outside of the appliance. Over time, those seals become loose or break down, resulting in a leak that can increase your water bill.
Inspect your water-consuming appliances while they’re running. Check the following appliances:
If you notice water leaking from any part of the appliance, that could be a sign that the appliance has a bad seal somewhere. You’ll probably need to reach out to a plumber to come diagnose the issue and replace the seal if necessary.
Sometimes, a water supply line, irrigation pipe, or other underground pipe can leak undetected, causing your water bill to spike unexpectedly.
If a water supply or irrigation line is leaking, you may notice water pooling on your lawn, but that doesn’t happen with small, slow leaks.
To check if you have a water line leak, you’ll want to check if your water meter—which measures how much water is delivered to your property—is running when you’re not using water anywhere else.
To check your water meter for a water supply or irrigation line leak:
Since it can be difficult to tell where the leak is coming from, you’ll want to have a plumber perform a leak detection. This allows the plumber to pinpoint the leak’s exact location, so they can efficiently repair it.
Contact us 24/7 online or call us. We’ll send one of our plumbers to thoroughly inspect your plumbing and diagnose the issue, so we can get your water bills back to normal.