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Unusually High Water Bill? Call Thousand Oaks Plumbing!
When your home’s water bill increases unexpectedly, it’s troubling. Besides the financial cost, precious water may be going to waste. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a single leak in the average household can account for 10,000 gallons of wasted water every day, and 10 percent of homes leak more than 90 gallons of water each and every day! But when this everyday appliance stops working, it can be a major inconvenience. When your water bill is higher than normal, the experts at Thousand Oaks Plumbing can track down the cause and correct the problem.
Why Is My Water Bill So High?
Here are some of the most common reasons for an unusally high water bill:
Leaky or Running Toilets
Toilets account for about one-third of your home’s water usage. A running or leaky toilet (link to clogged or leaky toilet page) can waste 6,000 gallons of water and hundreds of dollars each month.
Leaky Faucets & Fixtures
Drip by drip, leaky faucets and plumbing fixtures (link to general services page) can waste about 17 gallons of water every day. Bad washers and valves are the typical culprits.
Aging or Outdated Fixtures
Over time, faucets, showerheads, fixtures and toilets wear out. When they do, leaks can occur. Updated fixtures also have water-saving features that can save you money on your water bill.
Broken or Leaky Pipe
Most leaks (link to pipe leak page) aren’t visible to the naked eye until they become a big problem. A high water bill can be the first sign that you have a pipe leak or break hidden in your walls or foundation.
A slab leak occurs when a pipe underneath your home (link to slab leaks page) cracks or breaks and the water moves up through the slab into your floor. Our leak-detection experts use state-of-the-art technology to pinpoint the leaking pipe and then recommend the best possible solution.
Not all leaks occur inside your home. Landscaping irrigation leaks (link to pipe leak page) can be the source of big water waste. Not all landscapers have access to high-tech leak-detection equipment, so it’s best to enlist the help of a plumber to pinpoint and repair the problem.
Do I Need a Plumber?
If you are handy, you might be able to repair simple problems like a loose screw or damaged washer. But there are many different types of faucets and each one operates different and requires unique parts. The best way to get your leaking or dripping faucet fixed is to enlist the help of a professional plumber.