High Water Bill

High Water Bill? You Probably Have A Plumbing Leak!

Have you ever opened your water bill and freaked out? The first thing we want to do is start imposing shower restrictions for the family. If you have teenagers, they’re notorious for long showers. The other day I overheard a phone call. Marisol answered the phone with our usual Big B’s Plumbing greeting and a frantic customer was on the other end. “I have a leak, and I need a free estimate!” She said, “Ok, we will have someone out there today.” Marisol went on to ask the caller where the location of the leak was. He said, “I don’t know. I looked everywhere. We don’t use irrigation, but I just got my water bill, and it’s over five hundred dollars. It’s usually around one hundred and fifty dollars.” He went on to say that he checked everything, including the toilets.

If Your Water Bill Is Out Of Control, Call For A Free Estimate

The homeowner did the best thing and called us. $350 of municipal water is a significant amount, especially during the wet months. Upon arrival, the customer stated that the water district told him he had a plumbing leak. After turning off all the water to the house, the plumbing technician checked the meter for movement. There was no movement in the meter and no irrigation leaks. Whether the customer was exaggerating about his water bill we will never know. If your water bill looks out of control, call Big B’s Plumbing for a free in-home estimate.

Free Estimate for your Emergency Plumbing Leak

Take Some Basic Steps To Check For A Plumbing Leak

If you think you have a plumbing leak, there are some things you can do before calling for a leak inspection. At Big B’s Plumbing, we do provide free estimates and “free” means free. What does a free estimate include? It includes a visual inspection of the area. In the case of a plumbing leak, your technician will check your meter, but if the plumber needs to use leak detection equipment to find a leak, the customer will incur a charge.

What Can A Homeowner Do To Check For Leaks?

Add a drop of food coloring to the tank of your toilet. Wait for a half-hour. If the dye appears in the toilet bowl, then there’s a leak
Check the garage for dark areas coming through the foundation. If so, this could be a slab leak.
Check the ceramic tiles throughout your kitchen and bathrooms. If the grout lines are darker than other areas, this could be signs of a slab leak.
Another sign of a slab leak is buckling of wood and tile floors.
Look for puddling around the home. In most cases, this is usually a broken sewer line, but a broken water line cannot be ruled out.
Turn off the water to the whole house and write down the meter reading. Wait 30 minutes to an hour with the water off and recheck your meter. If it has moved, then you have a leak.

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