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High water bill?

Living in the 21st century, we have become conscience as a society to saving water. We happily make an effort for future generations and for the health of our Mother Earth. So it is a huge shock when an expensive water bill arrives in the mail. "How can this be?" you ask yourself. "I'm always mindful of how much water I use!"

First ask yourself some questions:

-Does the consumption seem normal compared to the previous billing period or the same billing period last year?

-Has the amount of water you've been using changed? Have you had houseguests for an extended period of time? On average, a person uses 40-80 gallons of water per day.

-Are you watering your lawn more frequently? This the most common reason a bill can be high. Running your sprinkler for just one hour can use 400 gallons of water. If you use a hose to water, did you forget to go back out and turn it off?

-Are you doing partial loads of laundry or waiting until you have enough for a full load? Washers use dozens of gallons of water in a full cycle.

-Have you noticed a loss in water pressure or flow throughout your home?

-Second, check around the house. Look for dripping faucets, running toilets, dripping hose bibs, leaks from pipes in the basement or crawl space.

-Another method to check for a possible leak by turning off everything in the house and then going out and looking at the water meter. It should not be moving at all. If it is moving, you have a leak somewhere in your house.

-Check your yard for wet spots. Maybe the pipe broke underground, releasing a steady stream of water.

-Third, call Michael J. Messick Plumbing Heating, and A/C to repair the leak and to check if there might be another that was overlooked. They service Hopewell, Princeton, West Windsor, Lambertville, New Hope, Lawrenceville, Flemington, and Hillsborough among other towns in Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, and Bucks Counties.

Slow drips of water can add up quickly. A toilet that "keeps running" after you flush or a sink that drips after it is turned off can waste thousands of gallons of water a year. If the drip is hot water, you are paying for wasted energy too. Fix leaks as soon as you find them. They won't go away on their own.

Fourth, wait for next month's water bill and have a sigh of relief when it is low once more.

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