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Why Are My Water Bills Climbing?

No one likes to see their monthly bills go up, especially if there is no apparent reason for it. If your water bills are steadily climbing, or worse, if they spike suddenly, it’s probably a sign that you have a leak somewhere in your plumbing system. There are a couple of steps that you can use to confirm that you have a leak in your plumbing, after which you should have a professional plumber examine the system.

Water Meter

One easy way to confirm if you have a leak somewhere in your plumbing system is to turn off all plumbing appliances in your home. That done, go to your water meter and see if it’s still running. If the water meter is still going, it means that water is leaving the system somewhere, which means you have a leak. Some tiny leaks (pinhole leaks) may not be enough to get the water meter to keep running, but most of the time this is a good way to confirm that you have one.

Water Pressure

Turn on the faucets in your home, one at a time, and see if any of them doesn’t seem to be flowing as strongly as it normally does. This is a good indication that you have either a leak or a blockage in the system. Do note, however, that if you are experiencing pressure loss at all faucets, that could mean an issue with your water line, or even with the city water main. This one should serve as an emergency signal, though, as any leak large enough to cause a noticeable drop in water pressure is likely causing water damage somewhere else in the home. Call for a plumber immediately if you notice this.

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