Why is my water bill higher than normal?

There are some obvious reasons why your water bill might be higher than normal. Water consumption usually increases in the summer months, when we drink more water and bathe to stay cool, or where an extra person has joined a household.

 

However, if you don’t think that your water output has changed considerably, but your water rates are considerably higher than usual, there could be a plumbing issue. Here are four things that a high water bill could indicate.

 

1. A dripping faucet

Although this may seem like a small inconvenience for the price you’re paying, dripping faucets can lead to 20 gallons of wasted water a day. This could be a lot more if the leak is significantly heavy.

 

If you’re experiencing high water bills, perhaps the easiest thing you can do is first check your home water appliances. This includes bath and sink taps, showerheads, and hoses.

 

Once you find the source, you can replace your leaky appliance with a hardware store alternative or contact a professional plumber to install it.

 

2. Outdated fixtures

If you have always experienced high water bills upon moving into a new property, you probably have outdated fixtures. Old homes are not likely to have had modern water systems installed. This means that you don’t benefit from new energy-efficient improvements. These include water-saving showerheads and toilets, and modern aerators.

 

To identify if this problem applies to you, check the manufacturing dates on your home appliances. You may have to buy new equipment to be installed, but these renovations will save you money in the long run.

 

You should always ask an estate agent whether the plumbing structures have been updated when considering a property.

 

3. Leaking toilet

There are many ways to identify if you have a leaking toilet. This includes cracks in the porcelain, regular clogging, it emanates bad sewage smells, visible leaking from the base of the toilet, or strange noises after flushing.

 

You can also conduct a dye test to establish whether you have a toilet leak. Put a few drops of food colouring into the tank of your toilet and wait for 15-20 minutes. If the dye is still present in the toilet bowl after this time, then you have a leak.

 

Toilet leaks are the most common cause of high water bills and perhaps result in the most water wastage. A leaking toilet wastes around 200 gallons a day – ten times more water than a leaking faucet.

 

If you have a toilet leak, it is important that you seek professional help immediately.

 

4. Lateral or irrigation leaks

An irrigation system comprises a network of pipes that disperse water around your garden. Breakages or loosening of the pipes can cause leaks to occur. Be sure to check your grass for particularly wet patches or uneven growth.

 

Lateral leaks are caused when underground pipes that feed water to your home become loose or disconnected. This could be due to many factors, such as seismic activity, aged pipes, or tree root intrusion.

 

Lateral leaks are the most severe type of leak and must be attended to by an expert plumber.

 

If you’re experiencing high energy bills and require expert solutions in Tweed Heads, call Plumb-Jet & Gas-Jet today on 1300 881 902 or email admin@plumbjet.com.au.

Signs you need to call an emergency gas plumber in Tweed Heads

Signs you need to call an emergency gas plumber in Tweed Heads

Though natural gas provides almost 70% of Australians with cooked meals and hot showers, there is always the potential for it to go wrong; when that happens, you will need an emergency gas plumber. This can be nerve-wracking whether or not it ends up being a false alarm, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry – and to know the signs of a potential gas leak.

Our top 3 signs:

1. Use your senses

Gas is odourless, and so the smell of sulphur (routinely compared to rotten eggs) is usually added to make sure that people are aware of any faults when they arise. Carbon monoxide is never scented, however, so it’s important to regularly test your carbon monoxide detector or to purchase a new one if you need it.

You will likely be able to smell the gas at least a short while before a situation turns critical, but that doesn’t mean you can wait to address it. You might also hear a hissing sound from a burst pipe, but not always – the two in conjunction, however, is a sign of definite danger.

2. Personal symptoms

If there’s a gas leak in your home, that means there’ll be less oxygen in the air, and that can result in flu-like symptoms, such as breathing difficulties, fatigue, disorientation, and headaches. Carbon monoxide poisoning also manifests similarly, and your pets are not immune, so watch out for any changes in behaviour or any sudden spells of illness that you both share.

If you feel these symptoms and others, then you might have a gas leak, especially if they completely (or even mostly) go away when you leave the building. Even then – and even if the leak gets confirmed and fixed by a plumber – you’ll need medical attention afterwards, just in case.

3. Environmental symptoms

There are other small signs that (though they may seem innocent enough in isolation) can coalesce to mean something’s up. Outside or inside, plants fare even worse than humans or pets when it comes to a gas leak. Plants die for any number of reasons, but if this happens suddenly and without an obvious cause, it can be because the gas has blocked off their oxygen supply.

Also, if gas appliances have a differently coloured flame than normal, this can mean there is an excess of gas drowning out the oxygen needed for it to reach full power. Finally, though it might sound superstitious, it is possible to identify a leak by applying soapy water to a suspect pipe; if the water bubbles, this can indicate that the gas is escaping.

Call us today if you’re experiencing an emergency gas fault

If you think there’s a gas leak, you must turn off your gas supply valve (only if it’s safe to do so) and evacuate the building.

Plumb-Jet and Gas-Jet are available at any hour of the day (or night) to talk you through this, and can quickly send a plumber to ensure the safety of you and your family in Tweed Heads, so don’t hesitate to call us on 1300 881 902 if you need assistance.