Water Meter Problems Causing High Readings

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An unusually high water bill is most often caused by a leak in your plumbing or change in water use. According to our plumbers in Virginia Beach and throughout Hampton Roads, some common causes of high water bills are:.

• A leaking toilet or a toilet that continues to run after being flushed. • A dripping faucet — a faucet drip can waste 20 gallons of water a day or more.

• Filling or topping off a swimming pool. • Watering the lawn, new grass, or trees; also check for an open hose bib.

• Kids home for summer vacations or school holidays; guests. • Water‐cooled air conditioners. • A broken water pipe or obvious leak. Check the pipes in the basement or crawlspace as well as the water heater. • Water softener problems – example: cycles continuously. • Running the water to avoid freezing water pipes during cold weather.

Generally speaking, water consumption is higher during the summer due to the watering of lawns, pools, and gardening.

Typically, an average family of four uses 4000 ‐ 5000 gallons of water a month. Here are some tips from our home and commercial plumbing company if your water bill is higher than usual in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Tabb, Grafton, Smithfield, James City County, or elsewhere in Hampton Roads.

Leaks, whether unseen or unfixed, can waste hundreds and even thousands of gallons of water.

It is important to routinely check your home plumbing or commercial plumbing for leaky faucets, toilets, and outside taps and irrigation lines.

Toilet and faucet leaksOur plumbers in Virginia Beach and throughout Hampton Roads say the most common cause for a high water bill is running water from your toilet.