Water Bill: Too Much Money Going Down the Drain

Water Bill: Too Much Money Going Down the Drain
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    If you noticed a significant change in the amount of money that is needed to cover your monthly water bill it can only mean one of two things.

    It could be a rise of the price of water, which is something that you cannot change and will have to accept as such.


On the other hand, and more likely, there is an issue somewhere in your plumbing system that causes the loss of water. Regardless of the severity of the problem, this is something that must be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Regular inspections, quick reactions and maintenance

By far the best approach to dealing with money loss caused by losing water down the drain is prevention. This means regular inspection of the entire plumbing system, from tiniest parts to pipes and different appliances that regularly use water. Once a problem is notified, it needs to be dealt with immediately. Any procrastination can and will surely lead to severe worsening of a problem.  If the issues are beyond you level of expertise, by all means hire a professional to do it for you, do not risk making thing worse.

Proper water meter reading

As you well know it, water meters are used to measure the consumption of water and the water bills are formed according to their readings. However, it is in human nature to make mistakes. The first thing you should do upon receiving a significantly increased water bill is to check whether your consumption has been properly billed. Read the water meter yourself and compare the numbers. If everything fits, there is a problem with your plumbing and you need to go to another checkup phase.

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Detecting leaking spots

The only way of detecting leaking spots is a close inspection of all the elements of your plumbing systems. This includes faucets, showers, tubs, toilet and all bathroom and kitchen accessories that use water. If water appears outside any of these elements, it is a clear sign that there is a leak somewhere. Small amount of water usually means small leaks or drips while larger quantities mean there probably is a major problem. In any case, do not wait for the next day or any other time to fix them, do it immediately, says my local 24 hour plumber.

Other concerns

You may be losing water even though there are no leaks in your interior plumbing whatsoever. This means that something is happening outside the house. To be perfectly certain that it is so, once you made sure there are no leaks inside the house and closed all water using fixtures inside, check the water meter. If it is still turning there is a leak outside. The next step is to check the outside plumbing and identify the problem.

Exterior plumbing

Check your outside faucets and above ground pipes, if any. If everything there is fine, look for signs of service line leaks. Wet spots in the yard between your house and meter vault are a sure sign of a leak, just as is a hissing sound coming from your main shut valve when there is no water being used inside the house. If this is so, you should by no means try to fix the service line leaks. Inform the authorities and let them settle the matter.

Obviously, to prevent money from going down the drain means to always be on top of things when your plumbing is concerned. Make inspections a routine and keep your plumbing equipment in perfect working order. And, by all means, when in doubt seek help from professional plumbers.

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