A persistent drip, drip, drip in your kitchen sink. An ever-flowing toilet in your bathroom. A poorly timed irrigation system that runs like clockwork—no matter the weather. These stealthy thieves are notorious for wasting water and inflating your monthly bill. Luckily, they are some of the simplest home and outdoor plumbing repairs you can make.

If you notice repeatedly high water bills, here are the first three places you should look—and the three sneaky culprits that could be to blame:

  1. Hidden leaks

The first place you should look for wasted water is your home fixtures. Did you know the average household leaks nearly 10,000 gallons of water per year? And 10% of homes in the US leak 90 gallons of water (or more!) per day.

The most common leaks we see in homes are caused by worn toilet gaskets that allow a continuous small trickle, old faucets that drip throughout the day, and outdoor leaks around your irrigation system or hose connection. Though they seem small, these little leaks add up!

If you notice persistent water around the drains in your sinks, or can hear your toilet running throughout the day, consider calling in an Omaha bathroom plumber to tighten up your fixtures—and stop your financial drain. These simple repairs can add up to hundreds or thousands of gallons of saved water every year, and lower water bills as a result.

  1. Water-wasting fixtures

Those outdated fixtures of yesteryear? They can be the biggest water guzzlers in your home!

Old and faulty toilets can consume up to 7 gallons of water (or more!) per flush, while modern, water-efficient, low-flow toilets use less than 2 gallons a flush—and are exceptionally cost-effective.

And old shower heads? They can use 2.5 gallons of water per minute! Upgrading to a high-efficiency faucet that uses less than 2 gallons per minute can save the average home as much as 2,700 gallons per year. That’s serious savings, every shower.

These are just a couple of examples of the everyday fixtures that really increase your expenses over time.

At Burton, our bathroom plumbers regularly upgrade Omaha homes to EPA-approved, water-conserving fixtures. With up to 20% greater water-efficiency, these modern and affordable faucets, toilets, shower heads, and more help homeowners use less water each minute, without giving up water pressure or power.

  1. Manual irrigation systems

Traditional sprinkler and drip irrigation systems that are operated manually or run on a basic timer system can lead to overwatering, wasted water, and higher bills. But maintaining a lush landscape doesn’t have to drain your budget!

New smart irrigation systems are equipped with rain sensors that adjust your watering schedule according to weather and soil conditions, saving you water and money. Some systems can even detect when a puncture or faulty seal is allowing extra water to leak into your yard—alerting you to leaks hidden below the surface.

Proactive landscape watering systems can keep your yard healthy and your wallet happy for many summers to come. And because our Omaha-area plumbers are equipped to support both your indoor and outdoor plumbing needs, if a leaky outdoor faucet is draining your resources, you’re just one call away from a simple solution.

Bonus tip: Schedule a whole-home plumbing inspection to uncover new savings.

Small drips and hidden leaks can be difficult to detect without proper plumbing equipment. But when you schedule a comprehensive whole-home plumbing inspection with Burton, our experienced bathroom and kitchen plumbers can help you fix what’s broken—without breaking your budget.

See, solve, and save more, with Burton.

When you’re ready to reduce your utility bills and your water footprint, Burton is your trusted partner in plumbing. Our experienced team, water-efficient repairs, and multi-point plumbing inspections put more money back into your budget, month after month. To book your plumbing service now, just call (402) 343-0011 or send us a message. And don’t forget to check out our seasonal specials!