Water is called the elixir of life for a reason. An average household requires several liters of water every day for different purposes such as drinking, washing, and cleaning. To enjoy an uninterrupted supply of water, you must pay your water bills every month. Paying bills is no fun, however, families get accustomed to it.

Problems, however, arise when their water bill suddenly skyrockets. Many families blame their local municipality for sky-high water bills. When you receive a bill that is unexpectedly high, do not be quick to point a finger at local authorities. More often than not, the following problems result in a higher-than-normal water bill.

Running and Leaking Toilet

In a typical household, the toilet accounts for almost 25 percent of the total indoor water use every month. Many people just install their toilets and forget it, until they have a major problem.

A leaky toilet can waste a huge amount of water every day. Plumbing contractors recommend having toilets checked frequently for leaks. If the increase in your water bill does not correlate with your routine, ask a plumbing contractor near you to thoroughly inspect your toilet, even if you had done some repairs on it recently.

There are different ways to identify a toilet leak. The most obvious sign of a toilet leak is a hissing noise, which signifies water running from the tank to the toilet.

If, however, you suspect a leak but are unable to find the origin point, break out the food coloring. Put a few drops of water in the tank. Check the toilet bowl after 30 minutes. If the colored water seeps into the bowl, you have a leak.

From faulty flappers to unbalanced floats, there are various causes of leaks. Instead of taking the DIY route, contact a professional who will get to the root cause of the problem and come up with a sustainable solution.

Underground Leaks

If you notice a sharp rise in your water bills, there is a good chance that one of the underground pipes leading to your house has broken or developed a crack. An underground leak is difficult to detect by yourself. This is an intensive problem. Only a plumbing contractor with hands-on experience can come up with an action plan to address the problem.

Malfunctioning/Leaking Faucets

Besides being annoying, a leaky faucet can add to your water bill. A faucet that leaks at the rate of a drip/second can waste up to 20 liters of water in a day. If your faucets are leaking, they are either:

a) not closed properly, or

b) have worn out washers

If your faucets leak even after you turn them off, ask a plumbing contractor near you to look into the matter.

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