Do you have any leaky pipes? How about a dripping faucet or a constantly running toilet? Water leaks are very common in homes, but did you know these issues can become costly ones? Fix a
Leak Week starts today and we’re here to fill you in on why and how you can fix the costly leaks in your home!
Why should I be concerned about leaks?
- Small leaks can mean increases in utility bills
- A leak that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, which is about 180 showers worth! Also, if you have a leaking showerhead or pipe from your water heater, you may be running your electricity bill up too!
- Use our drip calculator to see how much your leak is costing you.
- Not every leak is easy to detect, which could make it more costly
- Leaks in showerheads, faucets, toilets, and pipes are not always easy to see with just your eyes, especially if you aren’t looking for them. Sometimes it’s best to have a professional plumber do an inspection for you.
- Water consumption is on the rise
- The population in the U.S. has doubled in the last 50-60 years. Water use has increased more than 3 times over the same period, according to the EPA.
What can I do to reduce water use at my home?
- Inspect your home for leaks
- Do a walk through inside and outside your home, looking for water spots, puddles, or leaks from your faucets, showerheads and spigots or hose bibs.
- Check your water meter!
- For a two hour period, stop running water in your home
- Record the meter reading before and after the two hours
- If the meter is different, you may have a leak
- Upgrade your plumbing fixtures
- Outdated plumbing fixtures are a big culprit for higher bills because they consume more water:
- New showerheads and faucets come with aerators that can save the average family 700 gallons of water per year
- New toilets can save a home 13,000 gallons of water or about $2,400 in water costs per year.
Water leaks can cause many headaches for homeowners, so take action this “Fix A Leak Week” to avoid leak issues down the road!