If you notice a sudden increase in your water bill, and you haven't increased the amount of water you use or the number of occupants in your home, then the problem is more than likely a leak somewhere along your plumbing system.

The Potential Causes Of That High Water Bill

There are several possible reasons why your water bill may have increased suddenly:

  • You may have a cracked or broken water pipe either somewhere in your home or possibly in your yard
  • You may have a dripping faucet in your home or one of your outdoor spigots
  • Your toilet may be leaking or isn't running properly (keeps running after you flush)
  • You may have a problem with your water softener (if you have one installed)
  • You may have a leak in your hot water heater
  • You may have a leak in your washing mashine or dishwasher
  • Your water meter may be malfunctioning
  • You may have a leak in your sprinkler system

How Much Does Running A Toilet Increase My Water Bill?

It may not seem like a running toilet would increase your water bill significantly, but the truth is that it absolutely can.

The answer to this question depends on the water pressure in your home. The lower your water pressure is set, the less water (and money) you will be using. It also depends on the size of the leak.

But typically, a running toilet leaks about 2 gallon of water per minute for an average total of about 2880 gallons each and every day.

Calculate that with the average cost of water here in Georgia (which is 0.010 per gallon) and your running toilet is costing you about $28.80 per day.

Can A Leaking Water Heater Cause A High Water Bill?

Absolutely yes. Any leak, even just a slight dripping faucet can increase your water bill. The amount of course depends on the size and duration of the leak.

The larger the leak and the longer it runs, the higher your water bill will be.

How Long Should You Wait To Call In A Plumber For A Leak?

When you notice a leak, whether it's visually seeing the leak or noticing a high water bill - it's important that you contact a professional plumber immediately. Reason being that the leak will not go away by itself, in fact, it will only keep getting worse.

So, save yourself some money by getting the issue assess and fixed right away.

If you have any questions about high water bills or how to save on your water bill call Atlantis Plumbing today at 770-443-8229. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.