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Why is my water bill so high?

Have you ever opened your water bill only to find a nasty surprise waiting inside? A high water bill is never a pleasant sight, not only because of the high financial cost, but also because it usually means there’s an underlying problem that needs to be fixed.

The good news is that those problems are usually simple and easy to track down – but the trick is to get onto it fast. So if you’ve just been hit with a high water bill, or you’re preparing yourself for it, here are some common reasons why it may be happening.

Change in water use

A sudden change in water use is a common problem for both homeowners and businesses alike. For instance, if your whole family has decided to start drinking bottled water, or you’ve suddenly decided you need to install a new irrigation system – chances are that the water bill is going to go up. But these are fairly easy fixes if you know what the problem is – just go back and look at how much water you’re using before and after the change in your habits. Hopefully you’ve got a good idea about which habits are responsible for the rise.

Faulty meter

The water meter is the device that measures how much water you’re using – and if it’s faulty, it will probably be the cause of an unusually high water bill. When was the last time you had your meter checked? There’s no harm in having a professional take a look at it to make sure it’s working properly and not giving you false readings.

Water leaks

A leaky pipe can cause a lot of damage over time and also be a major expense to repair – but it’s sort of the silent killer of water bills, in that you might have no idea it’s there unless you’re keeping an eye on your meter and your bills regularly. Before you search for a leaky pipe, make sure your meter is working properly and that you’re getting an average bill. If the problem is elsewhere, chances are you won’t find it without some detective work – but it could be one of those short-term fixes that will lead to a long-term low water usage.

Smart meters

The smart meter is a device that allows you to check how much water you’ve used in the past. However, it’s only supposed to be used by its owners and not by anybody else – so if you suddenly find yourself with a bunch of bills full of entries about how much water was used at someone else’s address, that might explain why. As with all things, if there’s an answer it will be within easy reach – but it takes a bit more effort than simply having high bills.

Outdated Plumbing

For years, the idea of installing a plumbing system was to have it installed before the property was built and never touched again. But new developments are now often made so that you can add plumbing on a more permanent basis – which means that if yours is outdated or missing, it might not be in good condition and could be causing your water bill to rise. Furthermore, the type of piping you’ve got can also vary quite a bit. So before you blame your water bill on outdated plumbing, try looking at how much water you’re using and see if there’s a correlation with the pipes in your house.

Luckily, a high water bill is usually a problem with an obvious solution – but you need to know how to track it down before you can fix it. Make sure that your meter is working properly, and check on how much water you’re using. If the meter is faulty or there’s a leak, it will be obvious – but if the problems are closer to home, you’ll need to do a bit of detective work. Either way, it’s always a good idea to call on the AMS Plumbing professionals. We’ll be able to tell you what the issue is, and fix it asap so you’re not faced with another nasty surprise when the next bill comes

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