Tips to monitor your water usage – Today’s blog post is something I’ve been meaning to discuss for quite some time; I can’t even begin to tell you how often we get calls from people who have been blindsided by an ASTRONOMICAL water bill, and are naturally, surprised and anxious to get the bill down to where it should be. Our Toronto plumbers see it all the time. The problem tends to arise from issues that may not shout at you as being a major cause for concern that needs to be addressed in the immediate. For example that leaky kitchen faucet that is dripping a few times every hour, can really start to add up in terms of water use. Another example would be that toilet that runs on every now and then and requires you to jiggle the handle in order to get it to stop. Paying close attention to issue such as these can avoid the headache and heartache of that dreaded water bill – and a visit from a plumber, Toronto.
Here are a few tips to help you monitor your water usage to ensure peace of mind. 1. Take a day when there won’t be a need for a lot of usage of water in the home for a few hours (including toilets flushing); take a look at your water meter at the start of the time frame, and then again at the end of the few hours. If the meters reading is different at all, you most likely have a leak of some sort. 2. Check any exterior fixtures you have at the home for leaks; be it a sprinkler system or an outside hose faucet. During the winter months any water that was in the pipes can expand and cause pipes to split or burst. 3. Get a towel or something equally absorbent (high quality paper towels, etc), wrap the towel/rag/paper towels, etc around the base of the toilet. This will prevent the following from staining or leaking onto flooring, put several drops of darker coloured food colouring into the toilet tank(the square portion that sits on the bowl of the toilet). If the food colouring surfaces in the toilet bowl, you have a leak 4. Check all of your fixtures(toilets, faucet, showers, etc) for slight drips; either at the spout, near the handles, at the base, the underside, etc. Check toilets when flushed to ensure they fill up properly and stop filling after a short amount of time. These tips should help you avoid having to make the “astronomical water bill” call to us.
However, if you have any of these issue, and can’t address them yourself, don’t hesitate in giving us a call, as you’re probably aware, we were voted best plumber in the city by Toronto Life magazine for a reason. Yours in avoiding water waste, Terry Cord, Founder and President, DrainWorks