Water is a basic necessity in every town or village, which makes it important for homeowners, tenants and commercial property owners. In this article we will list 4 reasons you pay a lot on the water bill and what you can do to deal with it. An increased water bill is annoying, not only because of the financial cost, but also because it shows that precious water is being lost somewhere.
When your water bill is higher than normal, it is important to identify the cause and correct it as soon as possible.If you pay a lot in the water bill, call Αποφράξεις Αντωνίου to fix your problem immediately!
1. Toilet leak
Toilets represent about 31% of the internal water use for the average home. It should therefore come as no surprise that they pose a significant risk of leakage. A running or leaking toilet can waste about 6,000 gallons of water per month and add hundreds of euros to your water bill.
There are two common methods of controlling toilet leakage:
Sound control: Just walk to your toilet and listen. If you hear a strange sound, you may have a leak and you should check the cistern hose, water line connections and seals further.
The diy test: For this test, you will need some food coloring or a dye tablet. Remove the lid from your toilet bowl and add a few drops of coloring (or paint tablet). After putting the paint in the tank, wait 15-20 minutes and check the toilet bowl for the paint. If there is paint, then there is a leak that allows water to flow into the basin.
In most cases, these leaks are caused by a defective hose in the toilet bowl. This is a relatively easy solution that requires only a short trip to the local hardware store and a few minutes of work.
2. Faucet and Battery Leak
Tap leakage is another common cause of high water bills. The larger the leak, the more water is lost, and the higher the water bill. For example, a faucet that leaks about one drop per second can waste about 17 liters in a day. Fortunately, faucet leaks are relatively easy to detect and correct.
A simple visual inspection of the valves, shower heads and other fittings is all it takes to spot a leak in the faucet. The most common cause of a faucet leak is a defective rubber washer on the faucet handle. In most cases, you can turn off the water at the tap, unscrew the handle, remove the damaged washer and replace it with a new one.
3. Irrigation leak
Not all indoor leaks occur. If you have an irrigation system for your landscaping, a crack or loose joint could allow water to leak out even when the irrigation system is off.
Finding these leaks can be a bit difficult, especially if the lines for the irrigation system are buried in the ground. To spot these leaks, you may need to check your lawn for unusually wet surfaces or grass areas that are richer than the rest of their environment. Note, however, that the signs of a leak are similar to the signs of a leak in a sideline.
To correct this type of leak, you may need to consult a professional plumber to locate the leak and fix or replace the affected irrigation lines.
4. Side line leaks
In some cases, one of the underground pipes that supply water from the connection to your home may have a crack or loose joint. The causes of these leaks vary, such as the age of the pipes, the seismic activity, the penetration of the tree roots and the activity of the animals often contribute.
This problem, although similar to an irrigation leak, is usually much more serious. When trying to determine if a leak is in the irrigation line or side line water supply pipe, the amount of excess water consumption in your account can serve as an indicator.
If you suspect a small leak, a plumber can check the tightness of the pipes, if you have a large leak you can see it from the movement of the water meter indicators while you will have all the taps closed. There are various other methods such as control with camera or ultrasound.
For these leaks, the best solution is to contact a professional. A professional like Αποφράξεις Αθήνα can recommend the best solution to the problem – such as traditional blockage or pipe replacement. We hope that our article about the 4 reasons you pay a lot on the water bill helped you.
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