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Impact Leaks Could Have On Your Water Bill This Summer

With the summer season upon us, you may be anticipating an increase in your water usage due to things like frequent watering of your lawn and filling your swimming pool.

However, something else may be secretly contributing to a rise in water usage, and it can strike any time of the year. If you notice higher water bills, it may be a good time to call your local plumbing professional and check for existing leaks.

Your monthly bill can be your first indication that there’s a problem. Here are some tips to keep in mind when searching for leaks.

  • Toilet leaks are the most common cause for unexpectedly high water bills. It is an unseen, often unheard, leak that goes down to the sewer.
  • Check the Pressure Relief Valve on the hot water tank. Sometimes these valves are plumbed directly into a drain and may be leaking without your knowledge. If you cannot remove the drainpipe to check for a leak, the next best thing is to listen for it. A leaking valve will often make a hissing sound.
  • Outside or underground leaks are harder to find. Any leak that occurs between the meter and the home is the homeowner’s responsibility to repair. Even a small leak can have a significant impact on water loss, which will increase your water bill.
  • To locate a leak near the house, first you’ll want to locate all the hose-bibs. Hose-bibs are outdoor faucets most people use to attach their garden hose. Most homes have one hose-bib in the front and one in the back, so be sure to listen to each carefully for sounds of a leak.
  • Other places to check for hidden leaks include pools and hot tubs, pipes that provide water to plumbing fixtures, showerheads, indoor and outdoor faucets.

If you do suspect a leak, call a Beutler Air Conditioning & Plumbing professional to schedule an appointment. Give us a call anytime at 916-646-2222.