If you noticed a significant spike on your latest water bill, take a close look at what activities occurred over the past weeks. If you have company visit for an extended stay, that could easily be the reason. If you haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary that would cause that spike, you have to really dig deeper as to the cause of the trouble. Don't put this off for too long, water damage can quietly be destroying your home without you even knowing it, and it may be time to call a professional plumber.
What Consumes the Most Water?
Depending on your families water consumption needs, the appliances in your home use different amounts of water. Larger families will tend to use the washing machine, dishwasher and toilets more frequently. Homeowners who live on a large plot of land many need to run the irrigation system for long periods of time to keep the plants and grass nourished. The water bill should be the same each month, it is when you have an issue that the usage will spike. If an appliance like the toilets are not functioning correctly, they could be wasting water each day without you even being aware of it.
Checking Your Home Carefully
Grab your flashlight and start checking all the plumbing throughout the house for any leaks or damage. Start under the sinks, making sure all the fittings are tight and dry. Check around the toilets and under the hot water heater too. Check the hoses behind the washing machine, as well as the ones connected to the garbage disposal and the dishwasher. If these appliances are leaking each time they are used, you will notice water stains or even puddles of water nearby. If you find a problem, call your local plumbing company so they can come out and address the issue before it gets any worse.
Looking Further for Trouble
Your local plumbing professional can find leaks that might be right under your nose. Outdoor fixtures like sinks and showers might not be in use, but they could be leaking outside without you even knowing. Pipes behind walls and in attics could be dripping into the insulation, keeping the damage to a minimum for now. Once the insulation is saturated, mold, bacteria, and mildew will be the least of your problems. Let your local plumbing professional do a full inspection to see if they can locate the source of the water loss.
Are you spending far too much on your water bill? Take action and call Samco Plumbing today at (863) 509-1718. Your Lakeland home will thank you.