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Higher Than Normal Water Bills? You May have a Leak – Boston, Worcester

04 Sep 2013

As a homeowner, you have to pay attention to all of your home utility bills. You know what you usually pay for water, but have you received a water bill that is unusually high?  Usually, the reason for a dramatic increase in the water bill is because you have a water leak somewhere in your home.  

Unfortunately, the time you think of plumbing is when you have a problem, when something goes wrong.  A water leak, if left untreated or undetected, can lead to serious damage and costly repairs.

Water can be your home's worst enemy.  Leaving leaks unattended can lead to serious damage to your home. For example, a water leak behind a wall could require drywall repair. A small drywall repair job can cost as much as $400, not to mention if you end up with mold. And a mold remediation job can be anywhere from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars.

It is best to find and tackle plumbing leaks, no matter how small, immediately.

An easy sign of a leak in your house could be a stain on the wall or on the floor and it might smell musty.

There are a couple of simple ways to check if your toilet is leaking.  Place a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank and wait several minutes. If the food coloring has entered the toilet bowl without the toilet being flushed you know you have a leak. Another thing you can do, lay toilet paper along the base of the toilet and flush the toilet.  If there's a leak, the tissue paper will be wet.

To find out if you have a leaking sink, place a few paper towels below the sink drain pipes. Run the water, if the paper towels are wet, you could have a sink pipe leak.

Some additional sources for water loss include dripping faucets within the house and a garden hose mistakenly being left open for days.

For more information on plumbers in Boston and Worcester, contact Greater Boston Plumbing and Heating.