Ever-increasing water bills
Ever-increasing water bills – Why does my water bill keep going up?
The most common cause for a high water bill is running water from your toilet.
A continuously running toilet can waste up to 757.082 liters a day.
That can double a family’s typical water use, so fix toilet leaks as soon as possible.
Some leaks are easy to find, such as a dripping faucet or running toilet.
An unusually high water bill is most often caused by a leak or change in water use.
Some common causes of high water bills include:
- A leaking toilet, or a toilet that continues to run after being flushed (see additional information below)
- A dripping faucet; a faucet drip can waste 75.7082 liters of water a day or more
- Filling or topping off a swimming pool or hot tub
- Watering the lawn, new grass, or trees; also check for an open hose spigots
- Humidifiers attached to the furnace that are improperly adjusted or not working correctly
- Sump pumps that have water powered back up
- Kids home for summer vacations or school holidays; guests
- Water‐cooled air conditioners
- A broken water pipe or obvious leak
- Water softener problems – cycles continuously
- Running the water to avoid freezing water pipes during cold weather
With levels at dams in parts of South Africa dangerously low, and your water bill rising, households need to save the precious resource now more than ever.
There was good news for Gauteng residents.
Full washing loads
Don’t throw one or two clothing items in the washing machine, because you are too lazy to hand wash them.
Rather wait until you have a full load of laundry, as washing machines can use a lot of water.
The same applies to dish washers.
Fix leaks ASAP
This seems pretty obvious, but how many times have you put off fixing that toilet leak or dripping tap?
Leaks that are not repaired swiftly could be contributing a great deal to your water bill.
Use less toilet water
Next to water leaks, flushing your toilet constantly can waste a lot of water.
In fact, flushing is one of the main areas of the household where water is wasted.
Some older toilets use up to nine litres of water per flush, and with the average person going to the loo at least five times a day, it definitely adds to your bill quickly.
If you don’t have a low pressure toilet, this tip might help.
Pour about five centimetres of sand or gravel into a water bottle (or two), before placing inside your toilet tank.
You have probably seen people using bricks, but those are likely to cause damage.
Save shower water
Having a shower instead of taking a bath will save you bucket loads of water. But not everyone who takes a shower is saving water.
Some people leave the water running for long periods of time, including while shaving in the shower, while others waste water waiting to get the right temperature.
You can avoid this by setting a timer so you spend less time in the shower or use a bucket to catch water while you wait.
You can use this to flush your toilet, water your plants or wash your floors.
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Therefore we provide the most effective and durable repairs in the plumbing industry however and most importantly we are still affordable.