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My Water Bill Is High. Do I Have a Leak?

Water Leak

You’ve just received your water bill, and this time, you had to look twice. It’s quite a bit higher than it ever was before, and somewhat more than anyone would reasonably expect. You know that your water usage has been about the same, and you’re certain that the water company has not been raising its rates. What could be responsible for this?

If you suspect a leak in your system, you could be right. Furthermore, it could be quite small. It doesn’t take too much of a leak to waste a lot of water. Even a tiny one of no more 1/32nd of an inch in size will waste up to 264 gallons a day and a whopping 7,920 gallons a month. If the leak is under the kitchen sink, you’ll probably see it in no time, but if it’s occurring in a pipe that runs under the house itself, that exorbitant water bill might be your only clue.

What do you do in a case like this?

The first step is to determine how much water you’re losing. If you still have last month’s utility bill, compare the usage from the earlier time to the figure you’re showing today. The difference in gallons lost should indicate the severity of the leak.

If you no longer have the earlier invoice, a check of your water meter is your next best option. Make a note of its reading as it stands right now, then check it again in four or five hours. Make sure that no one in the household turns on the water during that time. If all is well, there should be no change in the reading.

If what you have is a very slow leak, the meter may not change enough to point it out, particularly if you’re losing less than 7 1/2 gallons an hour. If this is the case, you can try turning the water off at the meter itself. Wait at least two hours, then turn it back on slowly and keep your ears open. If you can hear water rushing to fill the pipes, the chances are good that you do have a problem.

Now that you know you have a leak, it’s time to look for the source.

Finding the Water Leak

Wherever pipes exist in your home, a leak is always possible. Some locations, however, do seem more common than others. In addition to faucets and under-sink drains, the biggest trouble-makers seem to be:

  • Toilets. They often take top honors where leaks are concerned, and they are especially obvious if the water keeps running after you have flushed. To check for slower toilet leaks, place a few drops of liquid dye or food coloring into the tank. If the water in the bowl changes color within about 30 minutes, you’ll know you have a leak.
  • Hot water heaters. Nowadays, these seem almost programmed for early extinction. The sound of water spraying inside indicates that the tank itself has failed and needs to be drained. If not, check for leaks around the top where water enters and exits. The drain and pressure relief valves are other common locations.
  • Hose bibbs. These are the outdoor faucets where you hook up your garden hose, and leaks in this area will normally announce themselves. Just look for a puddle or a steady drip.

While many leaks are obvious, other are harder to locate. If you constantly hear water running but find no obvious reason for it, your main water supply could be the problem. Other leaks will commonly occur at elbow joints or other locations where one pipe attaches to another.

If all your efforts to locate the problem should be of no avail, the leakage detection experts at Earthwise Home Services can help. Some leaks hide themselves very well, but there’s no need to let them continue wasting water, damaging your property and driving up your water bill. Call Earthwise today for assistance and get your problem solved for once and for all.

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