When I received my water bill last month, I was a little concerned. It is normally about $37, and this bill was about $45.
My guard was up, but with 6 kids, laundry, cooking, cleaning, baths, etc. I thought it could be just a fluctuation.
Fast forward another month and the bill was $62. I knew we had a leak somewhere. I checked all of the toilets, no problems.
My search led me outside to the hose faucets. BINGO. The faucet had a slight leak and water that we are paying for was dripping into the ground. I went to the hardware store and bought a shut-off valve, and for about $5, I was able to stop that leak.
It appears through the billing amount that the leak had just started towards the end of the first billing cycle that was higher than I expected or that the leak was gradually getting worse. I don’t know which, but I do know that knowing what you are expecting your bills to be helps when it comes to problems.
This is only a temporary fix, but it will work until the weather warms up. The whole unit needs to be replaced, but it is a big job. I know because we already had to do it to our hose faucet out back. Bummer!
If I didn’t know what my bill should have been, I might have missed it for another month or two, which would have wasted even more water and money. Know your numbers, it will help your wallet!