How the Amount of Water You Use Effects Your Water Bill

Opening your monthly water bill is about as enjoyable as discovering your car battery is dead on a frigid winter morning. Finding out your water bill is $20 or $30 more than the previous month’s water bill could mean you have hot water heater problems, a hidden water leak or a leaking faucet you don’t realize is costing you so much money. Compounding the fact that plumbing companies are called by frantic homeowners for a water leak repair that could have been prevented with regular maintenance is the astounding other fact that a household of four uses and pays for over 400 gallons of water a year.

That same household could reduce their water usage by half. Really!

What You May Not Know About Water Usage and Leaks

  • Defective toilets that keep running after refilling can waste 200+ gallons of water each day it remains broken
  • Standard shower heads use nearly three gallons of water every minute
  • When you brush your teeth and let your bathroom faucet run for one minute, you could be wasting two gallons of water
  • An estimated 10 percent of all homes suffer unknown water leaks due to plumbing fixture defects
  • Water heater leaks are one of the most common leaks repaired by plumbing companiesand a primary reason for hefty water bills

You can actually find out how much a leaking faucet is costing you in water usage by using a drip calculator found on the U.S. Department of the Interior website.

Understanding Water Bills

Measuring water use differs among state utility companies. Commonly used units of usage include the gallon and the CCF, or centum cubic feet, which is exactly 100 cubic feet of water. Always look at your previous month’s water usage and compare it to your current month’s water usage. Just a slight increase in your bill could indicate the beginning of a water leak somewhere in your plumbing system. And water leaks never stop growing. In fact, a pinhole leak caused by corrosion may weaken material surrounding the pinhole and create a dangerously compromised area in the pipe. This could result in increasingly high water bills that you could prevent by repairing the leak or being the only one on your block to have Old Faithful erupting in the middle of your kitchen.

How to Save Money on Your Water Bill

  • Don’t rinse dishes before putting them into your dishwasher. Scrape dishes to save 10+ gallons of water every meal

hot water heater problems

  • Install water heaterequipment that is energy efficient and capable of maintaining warm water temperature.
  • Filling a tub to take a bath uses less water (as much as 20 gallons) than showering
  • Addingfaucet aerators can save nearly 30 gallons of water per day
  • Replace water heaterequipment that is seven to 10 years old.
  • Installheat traps and insulate hot water tanks

Sediment tends to accumulate in hot water heaters, especially in colder months when hot water is used frequently. To avoid forcing your water heater to work harder and stressing internal parts, plumbing companies can clean your water heater by draining the sediment and performing a maintenance check for a water leak or compromised components.

Start saving hundreds of dollars annually on your water bill by contacting MET Plumbing today. We offer gas water heater repair/maintenance, all kinds of water leak repair services and troubleshooting hot water heater problems. Call for a quote (or consultation): 281-599-3336.

MET Plumbing Repair Tips

Katy Plumber | Water HeaterWater Heater Awareness:

It’s important to know the age of your water heater. The average warranty of a water heater is six years. In our experience we have seen water heaters last as long as fifteen years, but letting the heater get this old is a gamble and we do not recommend it. This is an appliance that you should not wait until it fails before replacing it.  A water heater going out can range from the inconvenience of not having hot water when you want it, to the tank leaking and causing devastating property damage. Most water heaters in our part of Texas (Katy, Houston) are located in the attic, so you can see how this could get out of control if a leak accrues. If your water heater is ten years or older we highly recommend having it inspected by a licensed professional plumber. To find out how old your water heater is you can find the name of the water heater (usually at the top of the unit) and the serial number (often located on a sticker about half way up on the heater).  Look up the manufacturers name online to get their 1-800 phone number. You can call the 1-800 number and give them the serial number and they will tell you how old your water heater is.

Here are a few helpful links for some common water heater manufactures:

Bradford White:http://www.bradfordwhite.com/

Rheem:http://www.rheem.com/

A.O. Smith: http://www.hotwater.com/

State: http://www.statewaterheaters.com/

Plumbing Seminars

mqdefaultOn Wednesday September 14thour plumbers went to a local Katy plumbing supply company for a water heater training seminar.  The Bradford White water heater reps from Houston were there to talk to all the Katy Plumbers about trouble shooting any and all possible problems we might come across with their water heaters. Keep in mind that it is possible for all water heaters to have unforeseen mechanical problems, fortunately Bradford White is an industry leading manufacturer; therefore the problems are few and far between. Bradford White manufactures the only American made water heater and has a long successful history dating back to 1881. Today Bradford White is one of the most technologically advanced manufacturers of water heating, space heating, combination heating and water storage products in the world. The seminar was very informative. All the Katy Plumbers were provided a bar-b-que dinner and it was fantastic! The other companies seemed to be enjoying this function as well. As your local Katy plumbing company we at MET Plumbing pride ourselves by staying informed on current information pertaining to the products that we install and or service.

Helpful tip when choosing the best water heater for your home.

An important factor in choosing a water heater, the 1st Hour Rating is an indicator of how much hot water a particular model can provide. The rating, in gallons of usable (desired temperature) hot water is reached by combining the amount of usable hot water stored in the tank plus how many gallons of usable hot water the water heater can generate in one hour of operation. For example, if a 40-gallon natural gas water heater will store 31 gallons of usable hot water and can deliver 41 gallons of usable hot water in the first hour, its 1st Hour Rating is 72 gallons.