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Uncovering the Mystery of High Water Bills

We’ve all been there – you open your monthly water bill, and your eyes widen as you see a staggering amount due. You scratch your head, wondering, “Why is my water bill so high?” It’s a question that often leads to frustration and confusion.

Underground Pipe Repair | December 2023

2. Monitor Your Water Meter

Your water meter can be a valuable detective in uncovering leaks. Here’s how:

  • Turn off all water sources in your home.
  • Take note of the meter reading.
  • Wait for a couple of hours without using water.
  • Check the meter again. If it has changed during this time, you likely have a leak.

4. Keep an Eye on Your Bill

Consistently high water bills, especially if your water usage habits haven’t changed, are a red flag. Don’t dismiss these increases as mere fluctuations; they could be signaling an ongoing issue.

7. Don’t Delay Repairs

If you suspect a leak or notice any of the warning signs mentioned above, don’t delay calling a plumbing professional. The longer you wait, the more water and money you could be losing.


Just like our recent customer with a $600 water bill, you might not realize that a hidden culprit is silently draining your wallet. In their case, a leaking underground pipe was to blame. But fear not; we’re here to help you uncover the mystery behind your high water bills and provide some tips to prevent future surprises.

1. Keep an Eye on the Ground

One of the most apparent signs of a hidden water leak is constantly wet or soggy ground, even when it hasn’t rained. If you notice an unexplained damp or muddy area in your yard, it’s time to investigate further. This could indicate an underground pipe leak, and addressing it promptly can save you from a hefty bill.

3. Listen for Unusual Sounds

Sometimes, you can hear a leak before you see it. Listen for unusual sounds like hissing or running water when all your faucets are turned off. These sounds may indicate a hidden leak somewhere in your plumbing system.

5. Check for Dripping Faucets and Running Toilets

Sometimes, the cause of a high water bill is right in front of you. Dripping faucets and running toilets can waste a surprising amount of water over time. Fix these issues promptly to prevent unnecessary expenses.

6. Inspect Your Appliances

Appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, and water heaters can develop leaks over time. Regularly inspect them for any signs of water around the base or connections.

8. Invest in Regular Maintenance

Prevention is the best cure. Consider scheduling regular plumbing maintenance checks. A professional can spot and fix potential issues before they turn into costly leaks.

 

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In the case of our customer with the $600 water bill, they took action and called us to investigate the constant wetness in their yard. By addressing the underground leak promptly, they not only saved money but also prevented further damage to their property.

Don’t let a high water bill remain a mystery. Stay vigilant, watch for warning signs, and remember that early detection and proactive maintenance are your allies in the battle against unexpected water expenses.