Whether you receive it every month or every 6, the water bill is rarely something any of us look forward to. Regardless, it is one of those essential bills that allow us to live life comfortably at home. Most of us have a rough understanding of how much we should be spending on the water every month – it tends to be roughly the same each time. So, what happens if you notice that this month (or quarter’s) water bill is particularly high? In this blog post, we’ll give you our expert tips and advice.

Check Whether Your Water Use Has Gone Up

The most common reason for a high water bill is an increase in water usage. This may be because you and your family have spent more time at home this month. Maybe you’ve had house guests or perhaps the kids have been on school holidays and at home more. Recognising whether your bill is higher through general use is one of the first places to start when trying to establish a cause.

Identify Whether There Is a Leak (over or Underground)

Secondly, check where there could be a potential leak somewhere that is causing you to use more water. This can be over or underground and, as such, seen or unseen. Even the smallest leak can lose gallons of water over time so you must identify it quickly. You may notice a sudden loss of water pressure, damp patches on the ground or a loud plumbing noise, even when it’s not being used. One of the best ways to identify underground leaks is to have a CCTV survey carried out. This examination process looks at the quality of your drains and allows specialist engineers to make a diagnosis.

Check Your Toilet Usage

Another common reason for high water usage is a constantly running toilet. On average, this can waste upwards of 200 gallons per day. If you hear the toilet running constantly or even just at times when it is not in use, it’s time to call in the professionals to take a look.

Recognising the main causes of high water usage can help you avoid excessively high water bills. Here at West Country Drainage, we have a highly experienced team of expert engineers with over 18 years of experience in their trade. We’re here to support you through any drain repair, maintenance or installation requirement. If you have any questions or would like to speak to one of us, please do get in contact here today.