Are your water bills too high? A sudden change could indicate that you have a problem with your plumbing system, and it can be anything from a leaking toilet to a broken underground pipe. First things first, you should inspect your plumbing system to see if there are any issues. Some of them could be hidden behind the walls or under the ground, so ask your plumber to carry out a systematic check-up.
Look for Visible or Hidden Water Leaks
Water leaks can increase your water consumption and cause a sudden jump in water bills. The first step is to look around and inspect all the visible pipes around the house. Can you spot damp spots, puddles, or mould? These are clear indications that a leak is causing the problem. Even if you can’t see anything suspicious, there could be a broken or damaged pipe behind the walls.
Check is Some of Your Taps are Dripping
There could be a dripping tap you haven’t even noticed. Inspect all of them to check if they are dry when you close them. A leaky tap should be fixed as soon as possible, so call your plumber to resolve the issue and perform a maintenance check to see if everything else runs smoothly.
Do You Have a Leaking Toilet? Fix it ASAP!
A leaky toilet is one of the most common issues that can lead to high water bills. Are the flush valve and flapper functioning properly? If the water is uncontrollably leaking from the tank to the bowl, you need to fix the issue as soon as possible to prevent further problems from happening and reduce your water bills.
Check Your Water Pressure
Do you suspect your water pressure is higher than it should be? For WA, the norm is 20 litres per minute, so go to your water meter and check if it is normal. You can do this by running a one-minute test with your garden tap and looking into readings in black and red numbers. The water meter might also indicate whether you have a leak in the house. You can check that by making two readings in twenty minutes. If the second reading is higher than the first one, this indicates a leak.
Inspect Your Water Reticulation System & Pool
If it is not in the house, the problem could be in the garden! Firstly, you should check whether there is a leak in your pool that requires you to fill it up too often. Secondly, you need to inspect your water reticulation system. See whether the controller settings are properly adjusted and whether the system is working only on your designated watering days.
Finally, you should also look into possible problems with electric appliances that are using water such as washing machines and hot water systems. Even if everything seems ideal, schedule a plumbing system maintenance to prevent any future issues.
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