Angie's List: How to cut the cost of utility bills

Angie's List: How to cut the cost of utility bills »Play Video
Signs of water leaks are stains on walls, wallpaper buckling, or musty smell.
LEWISTON, ID - Have you ever received a water bill that seemed unusually high?

The reason for such a drastic increase is usually a leak somewhere.
In Angie's List report, find out how to spot a leak.

"If it's leaking you'll begin to see the water wicking into the tissue paper," said Plumbing Contractor, Justin Dorsey. "Or if it's dripping from the tank it will drip down and hit the toilet paper and you'll see it."

"Water can be your home's worst enemy," said Angie's List Owner Angie Hicks. "Leaving leaks unattended can lead to serious damage to your home. For example, a leak behind a wall could require drywall repair. A small drywall repair job can cost as much as $400, not to mention if you end up with mold. For example, a mold remediation job can be anywhere from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars. Easy signs of leaks in your house could be the fact that you have stains on your walls, if you have wallpaper that's buckling, or even a wooden floor that's buckling, or if you just smell a musty smell you need to have that investigated."

"One of the things we find is a lot of homeowners do not go into their crawl space or their attic and we've actually had homeowners that have owned homes for generations and never been in the crawl space," said Dorsey. "But sometimes just a routine inspection of someone going into the crawl space and following the plumbing pipe and checking those pipes often is one good way to do that - to find a leak."

"When hiring a plumber, a plumber typically needs to have a trade license - a plumbing license," said Hicks. "You need to be sure that you are not confusing that with a business license. All companies typically need a business license to operate, but plumbing needs a plumbing specific license."

Some additional sources for water loss include dripping faucets within the house and a garden hose mistakenly being left open for days.