Leak & High Usage Information
Tracking down a water leak can be a very time-consuming and frustrating endeavor. Provided below are some recommended tips and guidance for identifying and dealing with a leak and high usage.
Water Usage - You might be using more water than you think
Water is used in a variety of ways every day in our homes. The average American family can use more than 300 gallons of water per day (with 70% of that usage occurring indoors). Below are some examples about how much water is used for simple, every day uses:
If you believe that you have a leak or are concerned about high water usage on your most recent bill, then keep reading below to find out how to check for a leak and to learn about some of the culprits of high-water usage.
How to Check for a Leak
Step 1: Determine If You Have a Leak
- First, make sure no water is being used inside or outside your home.
- Next, locate and check your water meter.
- If the water meter's normal or low flow indicator is moving, it means that you have a continuous leak somewhere in the line.
Step 2: Identify if the Leak is Inside or Outside your Home
After you determine that you have a leak, the next step is to identify if the leak is inside or outside your home.
Potential Causes for Leaks or High-Water Usage
Landscape Watering Schedule/Irrigation System
Flapper Valve Leaks
Flush Handle Problems
Overflow Tube Leaks
Hot Water Heater Leaks
Exterior Hose Bibbs
Aging or defective water softeners
Make sure appliances such as water softeners are cycling on and off appropriately according to manufacturer’s recommendations
Condensation can also be a form of leak. While condensation is normal, excessive condensation can cause damage to your walls, ceiling, floors, and woodworking. If there is too much condensation, insulating your pipes may stop or reduce it.
The number of days in the billing cycle may affect total consumption. All efforts are made monthly to provide a consistent billing cycle. There may be occasions due to weather and/or holidays that the number of days in your cycle differs (28 days vs 32 days cycle read).
Weather can affect the amount of water you consume each month. Remember you are billed this month for water that you consumed last month.