Help! We live in Stow and Our Water Bill Has Skyrocketed!
This recent plea for help is quite normal for us. Sometimes it’s a homeowner who notices a spike in their water bill, but it’s becoming more common for local Akron area water departments to notify their customers when they see a massive spike in water consumption. Usually, it’s one of 4 culprits when it comes to water bill spikes.
- Leaking Toilets. The most common leak we find is that the flapper or flush gasket is not sealing, which allows water to seep into the bowl and down the drain. This is easy to diagnose. Put a dozen drops of food coloring in the tank, and let it sit for 15 minutes. If you notice any colored water in the bowl, you’ve got a leak. The other common toilet leak we find is when the fill valve is not shutting off, which allows water to run into the overflow tube and down into the bowl. This leak isn’t as easy to diagnose and can cost big money on your water bill.
- Leaking Hose Faucets. Out of sight, out of mind. A slight drip on an outside hose faucet can really drive up your water bill. We can either fix the leak or replace the faucet, but if you just need a quick, easy way to stop the drip, get a cheap hose thread cap from your local hardware store.
- Leaking Water Heater. This one can be a little tricky. Your water heater has a safety device called a temperature and pressure relief valve (T&P). It relieves pressure by opening up if the water temperature or pressure inside the tank gets too high. If there’s a floor drain nearby, it could be leaking and going right down the drain without you even noticing.
- Dripping Faucets. This the easiest to spot. If that drip, drip, drip sound keeps you up at night, you already know what the culprit is. Faucet drips are easy to fix and a lot less expensive than paying for all that wasted water.