Our Ipswich Plumbers are regularly asked, “why is my water bill so high?” – in short, it depends on several factors. It is difficult to give an immediate answer off the cuff because there are so many potential causes. The most obvious reason is that you’re simply using more water than before, but this may not always be the case. When your water bill has suddenly increased, this may be an indication that there is a problem which needs to be addressed.
Do you think you have a plumbing problem at your property? If your water bill is sky high, our Plumbers in Ipswich are equipped with the skill and knowledge needed to find, diagnose and resolve the issue.
Without further ado, this article will seek to explore some of the common causes of an increased water bill. Hopefully, by the end of this post, you may even be able to pinpoint and fix the problem yourself. Let’s give it a go!
Leaking Taps or Pipes
The easiest way for water to escape your property is through a leaking tap or pipe. The bigger the leak, the more you spend. A leak is one of, if not the most common reason for people’s water bills increasing.
Inspect your taps throughout the property, if you can see an obvious leak, then you may well have found your problem. The only way to be completely sure is to bring in an expert, one of our Ipswich Plumbers will conduct a thorough inspection of your property’s plumbing. Just because you can’t see the leak, does not mean that you do not have one – there has to be something causing your increased water bill! Your property will have many pipes that you do not even know are there, we can check them for you.
Did you know that a leak can waste hundreds and even thousands of gallons of water every year? Not only would that be a huge waste of your hard-earned money, but it can cause significant damage to your home. If you suspect that there may be a problem, it is always better to be safe than sorry and have it checked by somebody who knows what they are looking for – our plumbers are here to help, schedule a consultation.
Does your toilet continue to run even after it has been flushed? On average, your toilet will account for 24% of your property’s daily water usage. Thus, it is super important to ensure that your toilet is functioning properly, otherwise you’ll end up spending too much. Research suggests that a leaking toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day – that would definitely add up after a while!
There are several reasons why your toilet may be leaking with various solutions specific to the problem with your system. We recommend scheduling an appointment with one of our Plumbers in Ipswich to have the problem with your toilet diagnosed. The longer you leave it, the more money you will waste.
You can have a leak outside of your property too, such as a burst pipe or a leak within your irrigation system. If you have an irrigation system installed in your garden to keep your plants hydrated, then this too has the potential to leak. These leaks are very difficult to spot as the piping is buried underground. However, there are a couple of telltale signs to look out for, such as: wet patches in your garden when there has been no rain for a period of time.
Have you recently installed a water softening system? Depending on where you are in the country, your water softener may use more or less water. As a water softener is used to remove unwanted minerals from hard water, the harder your water supply, the more water you will use to create softer water. If you are located in Ipswich, like us, you have some of the hardest water in the country, you can check out this article for more information.
In the very first paragraph of this article, we suggested that your increased water bill may simply be because you have been using more water. Have you been watering the plants in your garden more? Perhaps you have filled up a 10ft swimming pool for your children? There are so many different reasons why you may be consuming more water than before.
If you would like to reduce your water bill, then you can try to be more sustainable with your water usage. You can take shorter showers and avoid having baths, you can use dishwater in your garden – even install water butts to collect rainwater which you can then use in your garden. It is definitely possible to reduce your water bill, you just need to make an effort!
Alternatively, new technology means that you can have more efficient toilets, with differing internal systems which have been designed to save water. To determine the ways in which you can save water in your property, it may well be worth scheduling a consultation with one of our Plumbers in Ipswich.