high water billThere are a lot of costs involved with home ownership. One of those includes a water bill. Many different things are associated with water bills, other than normal daily use. When you live in Florida, water consumption increases due to heat and other factors. But why do you have such a high water bill?

There could be many reasons, some of which you can directly control, others you can’t so let’s break them down.

How can you save water?

  • Turn the water off while you brush your teeth
  • Cut down on your time in the shower
  • Water your lawns early in the morning or late at night and be sure to turn the timer off if it’s raining or has recently rained
  • Use a dishwasher rather than washing dishes by hand and only run it when you have a full load
  • Run the washing machine on a full load

Sometimes you might notice a spike in a water bill when you purchase a new appliance such as a washing machine, dishwasher or freezer. They might be more energy efficient, but they might also use more water, so keep an eye on that to see what the difference is, if any.

One thing that is often overlooked is a change in the household. If you have children away at college and they’re home on summer or winter break, suddenly you have a full house again, which means more and longer showers, more laundry and more dishes, so expect a higher water bill during those times.

The biggest culprit though is plumbing. Did you know that a running toilet can use as much as 200 gallons of water a day? A leaky toilet or sink is an easy find and fix. But sprinkler systems and underground plumbing leaks aren’t as easy to notice. You would need a video camera inspection for that. If you suspect a leak is causing your water bill to spike, contact the experts at McDonough Plumbing today.