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Has your water bill gone up? This may be why.

With the whole family home more often due to Covid-19, it’s obvious that you’re running the dishwasher, flushing toilets, and (hopefully) washing hands more often. Now that warmer weather is setting in, you’ll also be using more water for outdoor chores and summer fun. But if you notice your water bill seems to have skyrocketed in the past month or so, it’s worth it to consider investigating reasons why — and decide if it’s time to call a plumber.

Why is My Frederick County Water Bill So High?

Here are some reasons why a water bill could go up.

Extra Use

  • Have you had extra people staying at your house taking showers (or are the kids just taking longer showers?)
  • Have you been washing cars in the driveway and thus leaving the water on for an extended period?
  • Have the kids been running through the sprinkler often, or have you been watering the lawn?
  • Did you recently fill up a swimming pool?

Plumbing Problems

  • Do you hear a toilet that keeps running? If so it could be using an extra 200 gallons of water a day!
  • Is a faucet dripping either because someone forgets to turn it all the way off or simply because you can’t get it to stop dripping?
  • Have you noticed moisture spots around your water heater where it could be leaking?
  • Do you have an outside spigot that either leaks around the handle when the water is turned on, or that leaks out of the spout when it’s turned off?

How to Handle a High Water Bill

If you can attribute extra water use to normal increase for having more people in the home and doing normal summer things, you can probably wait until next month and see if your water bill continues to rise. If you notice leaks, dripping faucets or running toilets, call Putman Plumbing to fix the problem. We can also check to see if there are hidden leaks you can’t find such as in underground pipes. If we don’t notice any plumbing problems and you haven’t been using extra water, call the Department of Public Works in Middletown, Frederick, or wherever you live. The city will send someone out to check the meter and see if they can determine the problem.

Call Putman Plumbing for All Your Plumbing Problems

Whether you have a toilet that’s constantly running, a faucet that keeps dripping, or a broken sump pump, we’d love to help. We promise to make your plumbing problem our priority!