Receiving an unusually high water bill can be baffling for many property owners, wondering how they could have used such excessive amounts of water. On top of being just a financial concern, a high water bill can be a sign of a leak which requires urgent leak detection before the problem has time to worsen.

When asking yourself ‘why is my water bill so high?’, it’s important to be aware of these common reasons in order to narrow down the potential issues and address them as soon as possible.

Increased seasonal usage

Although this might seem like a given, often we can overlook how much water we actually use. Especially during the summer months, using our outdoor water supply for activities like washing the car, watering plants and filling up a children’s paddling pool can add up without us thinking twice. Especially if you have been having extra guests staying over or hosting outdoor BBQ’s, reflect on whether your increased usage could justify the higher bill.

Additional appliances

Have you had any new appliances fitted recently? Washing machines, power showers and dishwashers are big users of water so if you have had a new installation or have upgraded your old unit, there is a chance that this could be the reason behind your increase in water bill. These appliances are strong users of water as it is, but any leaks in your kitchen appliances can cause your bills to skyrocket. Check around the back and base of these appliances to look out for any puddling or dripping sounds which could indicate a fault.

A hidden underground leak

If none of the above reasons are applicable and you are still left wondering ‘why is my water bill so high?’, it could be a sign of a leak. On top of a high water bills, other tell-tale signs of a leak include a lower water pressure, pooling outside your property or on the street and a discolouration in your water supply. If you are noticing any of these signs, getting in touch with a professional as soon as possible will ensure the issue is sourced and resolved before it has time to get worse.

What happens next?

If you are still unable to answer ‘why is my water bill so high?’, your issue could go beyond simple machine faults or extra water usage. The team at Hamblin Watermains have over 50 years offering expert leak detection and repair, on hand to attend your property to identify the issue and offer an effective solution to help you get back to normal and keep those water bills at their standard rate!