Unless you are independently wealthy, you might keep close track of your monthly expenses, which is why a high water bill can stick out like a sore thumb. Unfortunately, tracking down the cause of water leaks isn't always easy. Here are four reasons your water bill might be higher than usual, and how a professional plumber can help you to solve the problem.
A single drippy faucet might not seem like a big issue, but multiplied over days, weeks, months and years, those drips can add up to waste thousands of gallons worth of water—driving up your monthly utility costs.
Drippy faucets can also cause problems like lime scale buildup, extra noise, messy sink areas, and mold and mildew growth. Problems are compounded if you have multiple faucets that tend to drip. When sinks never fully dry, they can become a source of odor in your home, which can affect your indoor air quality.
Fortunately, by using an online drip calculator and contacting professional plumbers, you can see how much of an impact your drippy faucets are having on your bill and get the problem resolved.
Wandering Tree Roots
Those gorgeous trees in your yard might provide lots of shade and boost your curb appeal, but they might also be the reason your monthly water bill has been higher than normal.
As trees grow, their long and winding roots can burst through main lateral water lines and interfere with plumbing, driving up the costs of your usage without triggering obvious problems indoors.
Fortunately, rooter companies specialize in removing tree roots from lines. In addition to using powered rooter devices, professional plumbers can also use hydro jetting equipment to spray debris out of your underground plumbing. Experts can also apply special root barrier chemicals to the ground above plumbing lines, preventing tree roots from wandering.
For complex root problems and hidden clogs, professionals can even use drain inspection camera systems fitted with GPS technology. Once the camera-enabled snake spots a clog, plumbers can use the GPS feature to tell where to dig. In addition to speeding repairs, this new technology also minimizes ground disturbances and reduces costs.
High Water Pressure
Although high water pressure might seem like an asset, it can be incredibly damaging to the valves, pipes, fixtures, and faucets that make up your plumbing system.
High water pressure can cause problems like banging pipes, leaky faucets, running toilets and damaged appliances because the pressure can interfere with the normal function of the devices. Unfortunately, high water pressure can also cause pinhole leaks and broken plumbing joints, wasting loads of extra water.
To stay on the safe side, invest in a water pressure gauge for your home. Residential water pressure should be under 80 psi, and if yours is higher than that, professionals can install pressure regulating valves to your main line to prevent future problems.
Are you watering your lawn too much? Although most homeowners assume that lawns need to be watered daily to stay lush and green, lawns only need about 1 to 1 ½ inches of water per week to stay healthy. Overwatering can drive up the cost of your monthly bill in addition to contributing to problems like fungal diseases and pest infestations.
Broken sprinkler lines can also be the source of wasted water, allowing water to permeate the surrounding area, creat muddy patches, and harm nearby structures. If you think that you may have irrigation problems, contact a plumber to have your sprinkler lines inspected.
To tackle plumbing problems in and around your home, contact Rooter Alert. In addition to helping home and business owners throughout the area with trenchless pipe piercing, relining and repair, these experienced plumbers can also help with hydro jetting and leak detection.