As homeowners we all know how costly plumbing leaks can be and especially when we choose to ignore them and over time they turn into serious plumbing issues. Leaky faucets in your home can certainly waste a good deal of water and cost you a good deal of money as well. Here at Steve Mull Plumbing we want to advise our clients on just how costly leaks can actually be.
Types of Plumbing Leaks
If your home is like so many others and has at least one faucet that is constantly leaking, even if only 5-10 drips per minute, your leaking faucet is wasting between 1.5 and 3 liters of water per day, which amounts to 150 to 350 gallons of water per year. If you add on a leaking shower head as well you can imagine how much money and water you are wasting. Simply put, if you have a plumbing leaks in your home it is likely costing you upwards of $20 dollars a month in wasted money. You may be thinking that $20 is not a whole lot of money, but when you let your leaky faucets and shower heads keep on leaking for an extended period or time, do the math – $20 X 12 months is $240 per year you are wasting that could surely be spent elsewhere.
Other forms of plumbing leaks in the form of leaking pipes in your home are far more serious and costly than leaking faucets. Even the smallest pipe leak the size of a pinhead will waste nearly 950 gallons of water in a single 24-hour period of time. Though a pipe leak is oftentimes not visible, especially since most are located underground or in spaces where you simply cannot see them, there are still some indicators you can be aware of and keep an eye out for in your efforts to save both money and water. Keep in mind that plumbing leaks in the form of leaky pipes, whether from cracks in the pipes or even holes the size of a pinhead, will typically cost the average household up to $500-$600 per month. Again, do the math, but $600 X 12 months is costing you a whopping $7200 of wasted monies each year.
In addition to leaky faucets and shower heads and leaking pipes, a running toilet can be every bit the culprit when you notice an increase in your home’s water bills. A running toilet will waste nearly 200 gallons of water per day, quite a serious number for sure. An even more serious number is the $100-$125 a month your running toilets will waste. As the saying goes, you are just flushing money down the toilet!
Signs of Plumbing Leaks
Here are some signs you should be looking for that indicate you have a leaking pipe:
- Water stains on your ceilings or walls
- Increased water bills
- A musty or foul smells from underneath your sink
- Water accumulated in your yard
If you have noticed a significant increase in your water bill and you can’t seem to pinpoint the source of the problem, perhaps it’s time to replace the flap on your toilet, or change out the washer on your leaking faucet. Whatever your leaking issue may be, rest assured you can always count on the pros here at Steve Mull Plumbing to help identify the problem and provide effective, affordable solutions. To resolve your plumbing issues and leaks, be sure to reach out to our highly skilled team of experienced plumbers today. We look forward to our every opportunity to serve you and to help reduce those costly water bills month after month. Don’t delay. Contact our friendly team of professionals today!