If you’ve recently gotten a higher-than-usual water bill, it can be attributed to a myriad of things. It could be extra water use during the summer, or washing clothes more often due to sports games and practices.
However, it could also be linked to problems within your bathroom. At True Plumbers, we can help you assess your bathroom and see if there are any issues contributing to a higher water bill. Here are some ways your bathroom could be costing you money and how we can help you if you’re located in central Florida areas such as Plant City, Lakeland, and Winter Haven.
Your Showerhead is Older or Not Made to Save Water
Have you ever gone to turn off the shower and noticed that water is still dripping out of it moments later? That’s probably a sign that there’s a leak somewhere. First, try to tighten the showerhead to see if that stops the dripping. If not, then you may need assistance from a professional to help figure out where the leak is coming from.
There are also showerheads made to help conserve water. If yours isn’t made that way, then you could be using up a lot of extra water while you shower. Check for WaterSense labels when you’re looking at new showerheads and replace your existing ones with those. Standard showerheads use about 2.5 gallons of water per minute, while WaterSense showerheads can only use 2 gallons per minute.
Showering uses up 1.2 trillion gallons of water per year in the United States, according to the EPA.
Older Toilets Can Waste up to 6 Gallons of Water During Each Flush
If your home has older toilets, you could be wasting a lot of water. Newer toilets are required to only use 1.6 gallons per flush, while older ones can use up to 6 gallons per flush. Replacing your old toilet with a WaterSense toilet can save about 13,000 gallons of water per year.
Leaky toilets can also cause a lot of water waste. Getting this looked at and fixed can also reduce the amount of your water bill. It’s more than likely an old, worn-out flapper. Flappers are rubber and tend to get deposits of minerals over time that cause them to break down.
Leaky Sinks May Lose About 3,000 Gallons of Water Per Year
Ever awakened at 3:00 AM to hear a dripping sink? No one likes to hear that sound. Leaking sinks can cause a spike in your monthly water bill, on top of just making an annoying sound. Your faucet may need a replacement, especially if it’s older. Again, look for WaterSense products when choosing faucet upgrades. They can save you on water consumption and help lower that water bill.
Are you wondering why your water bill is so high? Call us to help.
At True Plumbers, we help fix bathroom issues all the time! Our expert plumbers can come to your home, assess your water usage, and help you find a solution that works for you and your family. If you’re in central Florida, including the areas of Plant City, Lakeland, or Winter Haven, then give us a call at (863) 667-6364.
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