- When installing a new water fixture or appliance check for the WaterSense label
- If your toilet has a leak or isn’t working correctly, you could be wasting water unnecessarily
- If the leak is small, it may take time for you to find it, but it can cause a lot of damage
If you live in Salt Lake City or Park City, it’s important to keep an eye on your water bill. Water bills can rise for a number or reasons. Here are some of the most common reasons for a sudden increase in your water bill and some suggestions on how to fix it:
A New Appliance that Isn’t WaterSense Approved
The EPA initiated a program called WaterSense. This program promotes water conservation in individual homes. One of the main roles of the program is to approve and award certain fixtures and appliances with a WaterSense label. This label signifies that the fixture or appliance is 20% more efficient than other products on the market. It also promises that the levels of efficiency are reached by progressive and ecologically-friendly technology. WaterSense approved products also typically show measurable results. You will be able to see a noticeable difference in your water use. When installing a new water fixture or appliance check for the WaterSense label.
Old toilet models use up to seven gallons of water per flush. They are the one appliance that uses more water than any other fixture in the home. If your toilet has a leak or isn’t working correctly, you could be wasting water unnecessarily and causing your water bill to increase. In fact, running toilets are a common cause of higher than usual water bills.
A running toilet is when something keeps the toilet from properly refilling the toilet tank after a flush. In most cases, the flapper, the part that separates the tank from the bowl, breaks and needs to be replaced. Fortunately, flappers are cheap and easy to replace. Another potential cause is a faulty or old refill valve. If you’re not sure what the cause is, contact your local plumber.
A Hidden Leak
Leaks are the worst. Hidden leaks are doubly troublesome. They are one of the most common causes of high water bills. If the leak is small, it may take a while for you to notice or find it, but it can cause a lot of damage. Leaks can lead to water stains, rot, and mold. If you suspect a leak, check under your sinks, near the outdoor plumbing fixtures, in the basement, and behind the toilet. In fact, you may want to check these areas regularly to catch any leaks as early as possible. If you can’t spot the leak or fix it yourself, don’t hesitate to contact a professional.
Don’t ignore that dripping faucet in your kitchen, bathroom, or garden! It may seem like a small little drip, but drips add up and can lead to you wasting thousands of gallons of water and an expensive water bill.
If you get a high water bill, in addition to checking for leaks, drips, and inefficient appliances, make sure you take into account things like guests staying with you or an added family member. If your family has grown or you’ve had visitors, it’s likely you’re using more water and this could account for the higher bill.