Plumbing Leaks Waste Money – More Than You Suspect

plumbing leaks waste money

Every time your faucet drips, that’s money down the drain. And no, we’re not talking about pennies. Plumbing leaks waste money. A lot of it.

The EPA has a program called “Water Sense” that has some spectacular claims. It seems that your average household might even waste over 10,000 gallons through plumbing leaks. Every year. Put into perspective, you might be dripping away something like 1,700 dishwasher loads of water.

Statistically, 10% of the homes in the U.S. suffer from plumbing leaks of up to 90 gallons of water per day. That has big implications. If your household is average, you could save 10% on your monthly water bill just as soon as you get those pesky leaks fixed by a professional plumber. Even small plumbing leaks waste money.

Are your pipes leaking? Have any cracked plumbing seals? How about your water pressure – is it too high or do you simply have leaky faucets? All those drips could add up to the price of a superb meal. Most of our homes have plumbing beneath them, out of view. That’s why you need to be proactive and check your plumbing regularly.

Plumbing Leaks Waste Money. Find and Fix Them All.

In reality, finding plumbing leaks is hard. Especially if they’re small. They can hide in the wall, the crawlspace, even in buried pipes. Leaky faucets are easy. They might as well have a sign saying, “fix me!” But how about your water heater? It could have a tiny rust hole in the bottom, draining slowly through your floorboards. No mess, no visibility. Only water damage.

When you’re scouting around for small leaks, look in 3 places: 

  1. Behind
  2. Under
  3. Around

Everything that’s hooked up to your water supply can leak in those 3 places. Run your fingers along lines to feel leaks you may not see. And pay close attention to your flooring. Bubbling and warping are sure signs of water damage – whether from leaks or standing water in your crawl space.

Of course, the easiest way to find out if you have a leak is to watch your water meter. Choose a time when you’re not using any water to establish a baseline. Then, come back after not using any water for a few hours to see if the meter has changed. Rather than forcing yourself to remember, you may want to take pictures of the meter at the beginning and end of the test, then compare the two images.

Take Care of Leaks Immediately and Save $$

If your home plumbing springs a leak, or if you suspect you have one, save money now. Just Call Dale’s! Our licensed, experienced plumbers are ready to solve your wet problem.

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