Calgary Plumbing Tips: Reducing High Water Bills – Toilets
Hi, it’s Kyle from ClearView Plumbing and Heating. I remember when we first moved into a place where we were paying the water bill and how shocking the sudden bill was every month. Suddenly every drop of water counted and I made doubly sure that there were no leaks wasting precious fluids. Until you move into a home you have purchased, you probably don’t think much about the water bill. Most places that are rented cover the water and some cities don’t charge for it anyway. But many places do and many homeowners find themselves despairing over an above average water bill draining their bank account. A high water bill is almost always caused by a leak somewhere in the home and if you can find it and stop it, your water bill should come down almost immediately.
Calgary Plumbing Tips: Public Enemy #1 – The toilet!
If you have high water bills, odds are good that the leak is caused by the toilet. The toilet is known as the ‘silent leaker’ because many people don’t even realize they have a problem and instead people often think that they are in need of a very expensive repair.
There is an easy way to tell if the toilet is the problem. Put about twenty drops of food coloring in the toilet tank and wait about half an hour. If you see food coloring in the toilet bowl, then odds are good you have a toilet leak. Fortunately, most toilet leaks can be fixed by yourself, usually by replacing a valve or changing your float arm around. More severe leaks may require the assistance of a plumber in order to fix things like the area beneath the toilet or if you are uncomfortable with doing home repairs.
Calgary Plumbing Tips: How to Check if You Have a Leak
If the toilet isn’t the problem, then you’ll have to do a general check to see if you even have a leak. An easy way to do this is to check your meter. Go to your water meter and take note of the number. Then after about half an hour (make sure no one uses any water in this time), check again. If the dial has moved, you have a leak.
At this point, it’s likely you have faucet leaks which can be easily repaired by replacing a seal or tightening the facet, or you might have a more severe leak deeper in your pipe system. If this is the case, you may want to call on an experienced plumber to diagnose and repair the damage. The initial bill may seem scary, but think about how much you’ll save in water bills over the long run once you’re no longer living in a leaky house!
Even if you don’t care much about the money end of things, wasted water is detrimental to the environment and to water stocks. We here in Canada may not think about it too much, but that’s no reason to waste water! Whatever the reason happens to be, getting rid of leaks and making sure that the water going through your home is used for something is always a good idea.
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