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Do you know how to unclog a drain or take care of a leaky faucet? It isn't always easy to know how to take care of a plumbing problem, which is why you should work with professionals to handle the task. I started working with a professional plumber a few years ago after we started having problems with our drains, and it was great not to have to stress about the job. I wanted to start a blog dedicated to handling plumbing tasks, so that you know how to resolve challenges without a bunch of unneeded stress every single day.

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High Water Bill? Five Reasons To Call Your Plumber

Are your water bills creeping up and you aren't sure why? A plumber can help you locate the reasons for higher usage and bills and also make the needed repairs so the over-usage stops.

1. High Water Bills

Have your water bills been higher than average in recent months? Water leaks can go unnoticed for a long time, especially if the leak is in a supply line in the yard or deep within your walls. Not only can these hidden leaks result in months or years of elevated water bills, but they can also lead to a lot of structural damage that will eventually need to be repaired.  A plumber can check your lines and fixtures for leaks, as well as make upgrade recommendations to help lower your water bill.

2. Leaking Faucet

A dripping faucet is more than an annoyance, it can be a major source of water usage and elevated water bills. Faucets tend to either drip from the spigot, or to leak around the tap handles or faucet base. The leaks are usually repairable with the right parts and skillset, so there isn't typically any need to replace the faucets. A plumber can find the cause and repair the leak relatively quickly, which means instant savings on your water usage.

3. Running Toilet

A toilet that is constantly running or that requires a handle jiggle to stop wastes water. Usually, the mechanism inside the tank needs to be adjusted or replaced to fix the problem. Another common issue is the toilet that seems to flush itself periodically. This behavior occurs when water leaks from the bowl to a level that then triggers the refill mechanism. In many cases, the leak is caused by damage to the bowl or to the seal with the floor and waste pipe. A repair and possible replacement is necessary, not just to save water but to also prevent structural damages.

4. Signs of Mold

Mold signs in the house should never be ignored, but they can sometimes be overlooked. When it comes to mold from plumbing leaks, it will usually form inside cabinets beneath sinks where a leak has occurred. If you notice wet spots in a cabinet or water stains on the back wall inside the cabinet, or if you pick up the musty scent of mildew, call in a plumber to check for water leaks.

5. Old Fixtures

Old faucets, toilets, and showerheads can use a lot of water. Upgrading to more efficient newer models does require an initial investment, but you will recoup it on your water bill as your usage drops. A plumber can install the new fixtures for you.

Contact a plumbing repair service for more help.