The most common cause for inexplicable high water bills is a continuously running toilet. A leaking toilet can double a family’s water use, using up to 200 gallons a day! Other common causes of high water bills include leaking taps and loose fixtures, irrigation leaks in the garden, recent changes in water use (an extra person moving into the home) and bad water wasting habits (such as not turning off your tap while brushing your teeth).
How to check if your toilet is leaking:
The simple way to check if your toilet is leaking is to listen for a low hissing sound or continuous water flow after the toilet has been flushed. Check the water level in the tank to see if water is overflowing into the pipe that is located in the middle of the tank. This is called the overflow pipe.
If you find that water is running into the overflow pipe, you can adjust the fill valve to stop the flow at the water level mark indicated on the side of the tank. If the problem continues, you should call for professional help to ensure your water bills remain at a comfortable expense.
What causes a leaking tap?
If your tap is leaking then that probably means you need to replace your washer. Leaking taps can also be caused by damaged valve seating. Turn off the water supply to the taps and call in the plumber!
If you are a dab hand at DIY then have a go at fixing your leaking tap yourself. If you are in any doubt of the technique, then give us a call on 020 3370 3719 and one of our experts will pop round to do it for you.