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What Causes an Increased Water Bill?

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Plunging ToiletIf your Seattle water bill has been on the rise lately, you may want to look into certain common causes for this increase. At Raymark Plumbing & Sewer, we want to share with you some of the common causes of a high water bill, so that you can save money moving forward.

Common Causes of a High Water Bill

If you’re trying to figure out why your Seattle home’s water bill is so high, one of these following reasons is probably behind your higher utility bills.

  • Leaking toilet
  • Dripping faucet
  • Issues with a swimming pool
  • Over-watering the lawn
  • Water-cooled air conditioners
  • Broken water pipe
  • Water softener issues
  • Running water

First of all, if you feel your water consumption is higher than it should be, you should check for leaks. The most common place for leaks is the toilet. Leaking water produces a high water bill without your knowledge. Some leaks are sporadic and require some looking around, but other leaks are very obvious. It doesn’t matter what type of leak you have, they all have solutions.

What to Do About a Leak

Toilet leaks are one of the most common sources of leaks. Leaky toilets can waste hundreds of gallons a day undetected and should be repaired immediately. Pinpointing a toilet leak is easy and usually inexpensive. Follow these procedures to locate a toilet leak: Wait 5-10 minutes after the last flush. Remove the tank cover. Is the water level in the tank too high and spilling into the overflow tube? If so, you have a leak. While you have the tank cover off, put food coloring, laundry bluing, or a leak detector tablet in the toilet tank. Wait at least 30 minutes. If the colored water appears in the bowl, you have a leak.

Call the Professionals

Give the residential leak experts at Raymark Plumbing & Sewer a call today to learn more about how to check for leaks around you home or schedule a time for one of our experienced professionals to come out and take a look for themselves. You can reach us at (206) 440-9077.

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