Toilet Leak Could be the Cause of Higher Water Bill

You have lived or have owned a property for many years and the water bill has always been the same, give or take a few dollars here and there. But not DOUBLE ! So right away, you call your local water Co. And ask them “what’s going on here” ? You guys must have messed up on my bill, its way to high and I never used this much water! 

Here at twinplumbers, this exact situation happened to a customer that called in on our $99.00 leak detection special, and she blamed the Dept. of water and power at first, in fact screaming at them that she was not responsible and was insistent on not paying them. Well, you want to know what happen? We found 2 leaks in her irrigation system that had been leaking for months.This had nothing to do with DWP.In today’s Twin Plumber’s blog, we want to educate you on what to look for right away if you have just recently come across a high water bill. Always remember that you as the property owner are responsible for all water usage from the meter reader to the entire property.

The Twin Plumbers Facts on Leaks and Causes of High Water Bills

Did you know that leaks can account for, on average, 10,000 gallons of water wasted in the home every year, which is enough to fill a backyard swimming pool.

The amount of water leaked from U.S. homes could exceed more than 1 trillion gallons per year. That’s equivalent to the annual water use of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami combined.

Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.

The most common types of leaks we find here at twinplumbing in the home include leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. All are easily correctable.

Fixing simple corrected household water leaks can save homeowners more than 10 percent on their water bills.

Keep your home leak-free by repairing dripping faucets, toilet valves, and showerheads. In most cases, fixture replacement parts don’t require a major investment and can be installed by do-it-yourselfers.

A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That’s enough water to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher.

If your toilet is running constantly, you could be wasting 200 gallons of water or more every day.

If your toilet is leaking, the cause is most often an old, faulty toilet flapper. Over time, this inexpensive rubber part decays, or minerals build up on it. It’s usually best to replace the whole rubber flapper—a relatively easy, inexpensive do-it-yourself project that pays for itself in no time.

An irrigation system should be checked each spring before use to make sure it was not damaged by frost or freezing. An irrigation system with pressure set at just 60 pounds per square inch that has a leak 1/32nd of an inch in diameter (about the thickness of a dime) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water, WOW!

By retrofitting a household with new low water saving fixtures and other high-efficiency appliances, you van dramatically lower your water bill at least 10%

Some Leak Detection Help

A good method to check for leaks is to examine your winter water usage. It’s likely that a family of four has a serious leak problem if its winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month.

Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.

One way to find out if you have a toilet leak is to place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl within 15 minutes without flushing, you have a leak. Make sure to flush immediately after this experiment to avoid staining the tank.

We sure hope this blog will help you figure out your high water bill,if you need anything else, please feel free to contact us. Thank you!