During the spring, you will see a dip in how much you are spending on your utility bills, especially with your heating and cooling. But there is also a chance one of those is increasing. A greater use of water, both indoor and outdoor, may not surprise you next time your high water bill comes, but if it is much higher than you expected, there may be a problem you are not aware of yet.

A higher water bill means a higher use of water, and a higher use of water could be entirely unintentional. Leaking water from many sources adds up over time, so now is the time to take a lap around your house to check on a couple culprits that may be responsible for your increased water use.

Toilets can account for roughly one-third water usage, and that’s when they are working as intended. If your toilet has a leak, or is constantly running, then that amount will increase. Your ears are just as good as your eyes when investigating your toilet. Hearing a hiss or other odd noises could indicate a leak. Check the tank flapper, the water line connection, and the seals to make sure they are closing properly.

Small leaks create larger problems. A faucet that drips once per second adds up to about 17 gallons in a day. Fortunately, leaky or dripping faucets are easy to notice. Most of the times, fixing a leak in a faucet requires replacing a bad washer in the faucet or in the handle.

Older homes will have older plumbing, and those fixtures have gone through the normal wear and tear from time. The plumbing of days gone by is not as efficient as modern fixtures, and while the cost may be higher upfront to replace them, the savings will appear each month following.

Destructive habits will also run your water bill up. Try to shift toward smarter water use by turning off the faucet when it is not in use, run the dishwasher only when it is full, and wash a full load of laundry instead of a partial load. Cutting back on the time in the shower also helps, and shaving just five minutes each day can add up to 1,000 gallons in a month.

Recent changes in water use will affect your utility bills. You might spend much more time at home in recent months, and that will also lead to an increase in water use.

To learn more on how you can cut back on your water use, and to lower your water bill, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers.