Avoid a high water bill

How To Prevent A $23,000 Water Bill

If you don’t stay on top of your water leaks or manage your home plumbing system well, you might get an outrageous water bill, $23,000. What? Did that really happen? Yes, this happened, Loretta Maddox of Dekalb County in Decatur Georgia received a water bill for over $23,000.

Your Water Bill May Be Defective

Ok, so maybe this horrendous water bill did not come from a leaky pipe, or regular hot showers, from too many baths or even from washing dishes with running the water. I remember when our new swimming pool was done, it took hours and hours to fill it up. I thought the water bill would hit the roof that month, but it ended up to be almost insignificant.  The biggest lesson from this news story is to make sure your water meter is working correctly. Monitor the meter for a few months, or you can call the City and have a technician come out.

Protect Your Water Bill From Going Up

When it comes to the plumbing side of things, Big B’s Plumbing has some maintenance solutions. It won’t take too much out of your day, and you might have to spend a little money to save some big money.

Look under your sinks and toilets for leaks or cracks. Look at the carpet for moisture or discoloration. Undetected leaks from a toilet could waste up to 100 gallons a day, and can lead to a disastrous future issue and avoidable expense. How about the faucets, showerheads, or sprinkler heads and hoses? Just a tiny opening or leak could do similar damage. As they say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Consider a newer high-efficiency appliance or fixture

The United States Environment Protective Services (EPA)  has their website filled with ideas to save water and protect our environment. They have many products that they have considered and have met their “WaterSense” standards. It just might be worth it to go onto their site, then do your research to replace old inefficient appliances or fixtures. Also, look for rebates or vouchers for these items that can save you more money. If your water heater is ten years old, think about updating and upgrading that appliance. If your house is more than 50 years old, maybe you think of repiping your home.

Contact Your Local Plumber For Advice

If you are unsure how to proceed to avoid that $23,000 water bill, get some advice from your friendly plumbing company, Big B’s Plumbing. We have been in business for over a decade and know how to keep you on top of your home plumbing needs. We are knowledgeable about our industry and familiar with up and coming technology. Let us inform you and provide great plumbing services to your home. We offer FREE estimates, give us a call today.

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