Water leaks can make their presence known by sending a raging flood through your Orange County home. They can also be as quiet as a mouse. Slowly dripping away while you are going about your life, unaware of the damage it’s doing.

Another negative about hidden leaks is that they can also show up on your water bill. You may see an extra few pennies on your bill each month and not even notice. You could also be charged an extra 5, 10, or 20 dollars a month and fear you have a real problem.

A skyrocketing water bill could mean you have a burst pipe, but there are other reasons you might be paying more for your utilities.

Check with Your Water Service Provider

You may not be able to see or hear every water leak, but there are ways to spot the signs that you’re losing water and pressure. A high water bill could be one sign that you’ve got a problem.

You can always contact Full Stack Plumbing of Orange County. We have specialized leak detection equipment to track down leaks and get them sealed tight. But you can also check with your water provider to see if there could be another explanation for your high water bill first.

For some residents that will require getting in touch with Orange Water And Sewage Authority (OWASA). They cover a lot of the county and the homes in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The Mebane area and Hillsborough each have their own individual utilities. You should find out who you’re relying on and contact a customer service agent.

These are a few things you can check into:

  • Ask for a water meter test to make sure it’s not malfunctioning
  • Find out if the days in billing periods differ each month perhaps raising your bill temporarily
  • Make sure you didn’t forget any major water usage like watering your lawn or filling a pool
  • If you do have a leak, ask for a water bill adjustment

A water bill adjustment is a discount on your bill if you can prove there was a leak problem affecting your charges in the past. Not every utility offers these but a break on your bill can really help offset the damage of a leak. You can read more about OWASA’s bill adjustment policy here.

Tracking Down a Leak That’s Boosting Your Water Bill

If you can’t explain the jump in your water payments any other way, you may have to start looking in every corner of your house for a leak. Full Stack Plumbing of Orange County can always help you look, but you might notice a few signs yourself.

Check for these indicators:

  • Water stains or mold and mildew in cabinets, on ceilings, and on walls
  • A musty smell
  • Paint or wallpaper damage
  • Cracks in sheetrock or ceilings
  • Water puddles around appliances and under sinks.
  • A loss of water pressure
  • A jump in water bills

If your problem makes itself known in a very noticeable way, like water streaming from your ceiling, you should take action. Shut off the water to your home and contact Full Stack Plumbing. Our Chapel Hill water leak plumbers are ready to find your issue and fix it. We can also make some repairs to fix the damage that’s done.

Contact a Skilled Orange County Leak Detection Plumber

A dripping sink, drain, or pipe isn’t something you should put up with. And it may grow into a very expensive problem if left unchecked.

The leak detection experts at Full Stack Plumbing come to the rescue with quick repairs to make sure you can depend on your home’s plumbing again. It’s also the fastest way to stop the drain on your wallet in the form of a rising water bill.

Our team of licensed, trained, and fully insured plumbers is ready to trace your leaking water to the source and shut that leak down. Contact us for all of your plumbing needs anywhere in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, or across Orange County County.