Bernhard Pluming Inc.•MP #668641

High water bills?

Q: If someones water bill seems higher than normal, what could they do to check for a leak in their house?

A: If your water bill seems higher than normal the first place to look would be in your toilets.  Many times you will find that a toilet will be leaking through the flapper / flush ball.  What causes this?  The chemicals that the consumers are using in the toilet tanks such as the chlorine tablets deteriate and breakdown the flappers / flush balls.  To make sure that is where the leak is you can take some food coloring and put it in your tank.  DON’T FLUSH !  Let it sit in the tank and see if you get any bleed through into the bowl, if you notice color in your bowl, your flapper /tank ball is probably leaking.  You should then call your professional licensed plumber and have your toilet repaired.