Nobody likes unexpectedly high utility bills. This is especially true when it comes to your water bill, which tends to be relatively predictable month-after-month. The next time you’re stuck wondering why your water bill is so high, consider some of the possible causes we’ve listed below.

Why is my water bill so high? Three possible causes

  • 1. Your consumption habits have changed. One of the most obvious reasons for a high water bill is simply that you’ve been using more water than usual. Have you recently had guests staying at your home? When you have more people in your home, more water is typically consumed for showers, hand washing, dishes, laundry and more. Another possibility is that you’ve replaced one of your faucets or showerheads with a model that has a higher flow rate. Whenever you’re installing new fixtures, it’s important to look for low-flow products that consume a minimal amount of water.
  • 2. One of your fixtures is leaking. If you’re pretty confident that your home’s water consumption habits haven’t changed yet your water bills are still high, there’s a good chance you have a leak somewhere in your home. The first places you’ll want to check are your toilets and taps. Listen for any sounds of leaks and look out for water dripping from your taps or water buildup around your fixtures. You’ll also want to look for any signs of leaks around your water heater. Of course, if you’d like some help identifying or fixing a leak in your home, contact Cabrillo!
  • 3. You have a pipe leak. Leaks in your pipes can often be more damaging and harder to find than leaks in your toilets or taps. They can also consume a huge amount of water if they go unfixed for a long period of time. Pipe leaks can occur from cracks or corrosion either at your water main or elsewhere in your plumbing system. Almost all pipe repairs will require professional help from Cabrillo, and you should take care of them as soon as you can before they continue to take a toll on your water bills!

If you have any questions about why your water bill is so high, or if you’d like a plumbing system serviced or installed in your home, contact Cabrillo, your Bay Area plumbing, heating and air conditioning company.