A leaky faucet can cost you a lot of money over time even without you realizing it. A little drip here and a little drip there add up over time to a lot of wasted water down the drain. Even if you have one leaky faucet and it drips one drop every minute, that can waste about 34 gallons of water a year. On average, the amount of water wasted in the home every year is more than just 34 gallons. Here are some facts about leaks you may want to know as well as some simple tips on how to detect them.
Facts about Leaks
- Leaks, if not fixed, can account for about 10,000 gallons of water wasted in the home every year.
- Leaky faucets can be prevented by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replacing them if necessary.
- The amount of water leaked from U.S. homes could be as much as 1 trillion gallons per year.
- 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
- A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year.
- A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year.
- Common types of leaks found in the home include leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves.
- The majority of leaks can be eliminated after replacing old fixtures in a household with new fixtures.
- Fixing easily-corrected household water leaks can save homeowners more than 10 percent on their water bills.
- Keep your home leak-free by repairing dripping faucets, toilet valves, and showerheads.
How to Detect Leaks
There are a few ways you can check for leaks depending on where the leak is located.
- Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used.
- Examine your winter water usage.
- To check if you have a leak in your toilet, place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl within 15 minutes without you flushing, you have a leak.
If you have a leaky faucet and need help fixing it, or even if you think you may have one, call My Plumber today. The trained professionals at My Plumber will be able to help you find where your leak is located and fix it as well as give you tips on what you can do to prevent anymore leaks. So if you are tired of letting your money trickle down the drain, call My Plumber and solve the problem today.