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What Causes a Water Bill Increase?

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

An unexpected water bill increase is alarming, especially when you don’t think you’ve used extra water. If your water bill is higher than you expected, check your home for leaks and other causes of excessive water use. Something as minor as a dripping faucet can waste a significant amount of water every day and cause an increase in your water bill.

What Causes High Water Bills?

Your high water bills could be due to household activities that use plenty of water, or a problem in your plumbing system. If you’ve recently topped off a swimming pool, watered the lawn, new grass or trees or kept the water running during a cold snap to prevent the pipes from freezing, a spike in your water costs may result.

If you can’t recall any reason for extra water usage in your home, check for dripping faucets, toilets that continue to run after flushing and faulty water softeners. Using air conditioners can also add to your water costs, and so can an increase in the number of people at home like kids on school vacations and guests staying over. If you still can’t explain your high water bill after ruling out everything else, check for hidden leaks. Damp or warm patches in your ceilings, walls or floor are signs that a pipe is leaking somewhere. If the leak is outside your home, you might see an unexplained puddle or wet patch of lawn or concrete.

How to Lower Your Water Bill

Reducing your household’s water consumption and installing water-saving appliances cuts down on your bills, according to Home Water Works. Some ideas include:

  • Spend only five minutes in the shower.
  • Replace shower heads with low-flow models if their flow rate is greater than 2.5 gallons/minute.
  • Compost food waste rather than running the garbage disposal.
  • Wash dishes in a sink full of water rather than under a running faucet, or install a water-efficient dishwasher.
  • Grow native plants in your yard and not a thirsty lawn.
  • Install water-efficient faucets or faucet aerators.
  • Wash full laundry loads, every time.
  • Install water-efficient toilets.

Receiving a water bill that’s higher than usual can be an unpleasant surprise, but if it alerts you to a problem with your plumbing it could save you additional costs from expensive repairs. If nothing in your household has changed that might explain the water bill increase, and you can’t find another cause, call in a plumber to check your system.

For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.

Hard Water Truth

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Hard water contains significant amounts of dissolved mineral content such as magnesium and calcium. The water picks up the mineral content most often as it percolates underground through porous deposits of limestone and chalk. Private wells are more susceptible to the problem, since the water derives from the ground and often enters the household untreated. Water with a high mineral content can wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing system and the damage is not limited to just the pipes. The following post will outline the consequences of hard water and the steps you can take to prevent it.

Health

Everyone needs a certain amount of minerals in their body to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The minerals mentioned above—calcium and magnesium—are necessary to maintain strong bones and process fats and proteins within your body. However, large doses of these minerals could have an adverse effect on your health, causing problems such as fatigue, diarrhea and even nausea.

Pipes

Water containing large amounts of minerals can cause significant damage to your home’s plumbing system, especially your pipes. As time passes, mineral and scale will stick the insides of your pipes reducing water flow and causing a loss of water pressure. In addition, the nasty scale will attach to the surface of your plumbing fixtures—faucets, sinks and tubs—and can be quite difficult to remove.

Appliances

The damage does not stop with your pipes. Your home’s water-using appliances are also susceptible to the effects of hard water. Water heaters, dishwashers, garbage disposals, washing machines and toilets use water on a daily basis. All of them incorporate tubes, pipes and valves to perform their prescribed duties. Over time, as their components succumb to scale and mineral build up, they will lose their efficiency and use more energy, water and even detergent. Not only will this drive up your utility bills, but also detergent use washing even more of your hard-earned money down the drain.

Steps you can take

Discuss with your plumbing contractor ways you can fight hard water in your home. Having your water tested to identify contaminates can help to ascertain not only the level of contaminates but also other harmful substances that could be present in your water supply. This will provide your plumber with the information necessary to address the problem. Most often, the solution is to install a high-efficient water softener to filter out the minerals and soften the water. However, in severe cases, when pipes have lost water pressure and appliances have lost their efficiency, replacing these items could be necessary.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.