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Why Did My Water Bill Go Up?

If you’ve noticed that your water bill has increased substantially from last month’s bill, don’t wait to investigate. An unusually high water bill is usually caused by a change in water use or some type of plumbing leak.

Why Your Frederick County Water Bill is High

Here are some things to consider if you notice a high water bill:

Extra Water Use

  • House guests showering over a long weekend
  • Washing the cars on a nice day
  • Watering the lawn
  • Filling up or topping off a hot tub
  • Running the faucet to avoid frozen pipes
  • A sump pump with water powered backup

Plumbing Problems

  • A toilet that keeps running (it could be using an extra 200 gallons of water a day!)
  • A dripping faucet (this can add up to 20 gallons a day!)
  • A broken pipe
  • A leaking water heater

How to Deal With a High Water Bill

First decide if you can account for any extra water use, then check for leaks, dripping faucets or a running toilet. If you don’t find anything, call the Department of Public Works in Middletown, Frederick, or whatever city you live in. They will send someone out to check the meter and the property for a leak. If the inspection doesn’t find any problems, call Putman Plumbing so we can inspect for leaks.  Besides high water bills, hidden leaks under your house or under ground can lead to mold growth, water stains, rot, and other major problems that can affect your home’s resale value and even your health.

Call Putman Plumbing for All Your Plumbing Problems

Whether you have a toilet that won’t stop running, a faucet that keeps dripping, or a broken sump pump, our expertly trained plumbers can help. We’re just around the corner in Middletown and promise to make your plumbing problem our priority!