While a high gas bill may seem like a leaky gas line, this isn’t always the case. Most of the time if you have a gas leak you’ll be able to smell it, but if you’re ever suspicious of a gas leak never hesitate to call the gas company. This is the safest choice in any situation involving gas, and will prevent you from being liable if there is a problem.
Water Leaks & Gas Bills
But what do you do if the gas company comes to check and doesn’t find a problem, or you don’t smell gas anywhere? That could mean you have a plumbing problem on your hands instead.
This is because plumbing areas that could be leaking are also areas that utilize gas–in the form of hot water. Your home may be leaking in a place you can’t easily see, like an underground hot water pipe. This type of leak would cause your hot water heater to continually need to refill and reheat because it is consistently being drained.
Another problem could be a leaky pool. Some pools could be leaking in areas you cannot see, but are causing the pool to continually need hot water added into it.
While both of these types of problems may see your gas bill rise, you may also notice a change in your water bill as well.
If you suspect a leak anywhere in your home or on your property, it is important to call a plumber to take a look as soon as possible to avoid further damage. Especially in the case of a hot water leak, which can be causing typical water damage as well as problems with your hot water heater or hot pipes.
If no leak is detected, the problem could be your hot water heater. If it needs maintenance or replacement it could start to run more inefficiently, causing a rise in the amount of gas that is being used to heat it.
While this problem can be assessed by one of our licensed plumbers, it is also a good idea to keep up routine maintenance to help avoid these issues altogether.
For any heating or plumbing problems, or maintenance questions feel free to call us any time. We are available day or night, and weekends too.