Surprised by a sudden rise in your water bill? On an average, a family of four uses up 1000 liters or 219 gallons of water per day. Another source estimates that an individual consumes up to 329 liters of water on an average per day.
If you have seen a sudden rise in your water bill, one of the reasons could be a recent landscaping or an installation of a swimming pool. Other reasons can include warmer temperatures in the summer that drive up water usage or an increase in the number of inhabitants in your house.
Leaks are to blame
If none of the above reasons apply to you, your plumbing system may be to blame. While a leaking or dripping tap may not demand the attention of an emergency plumber, studies show a tap that loses six drops per minute, which translates to 1200 liters of wastage per year. This is enough to fill seven bathtubs.
While a dripping tap is an obvious source of water leaks that are cranking up your bills, many plumbing leaks are hidden. A study conducted by Allstate Insurance Safe Homeowners in Canada showed there was a considerable rise in claims related to damages from pipe bursts. Leaks arising from supply tubes or toilet drips can go undetected for years and certainly call for an inspection of the water supply line installation.
Finding the source of leaks
Toilet leaks: When the valve seal or toilet flapper wears out, the toilet is vulnerable to leaks. Older toilets also use up to four times as much water per flush as compared to new ones. Allstate recommends homeowners to hire professional emergency plumbers to check toilet valves to see if they emit a gurgling or hissing sound that might indicate a hidden leak.
Showerhead and faucet leaks: Worn out gaskets and washers are frequently the reason behind faucet leaks. Showerhead leaks may be due to a defective valve or washer and will need to be addressed by an emergency plumber.
Underground leaks: Allstate advises homeowners to hire plumbing specialists to check for cracks, rust, sediment build up, and corrosion in the plumbing system. Professional plumbers use advanced technology such as drain camera inspection, drain snaking, hydro jetting, power flushing, and trenchless pipe repair while also checking for tree root intrusion that could be impacting the drains. Mold or signs of dampness on floor, walls, or ceilings can also indicate serious problems with pipes that require the services of an emergency plumber.