Everyone knows leaks end up costing money. The real question is how much are you spending by letting leaks continue?
Believe or not, each household wastes 10,000 gallons of water a year from accumulated leaks alone. Homes with severe leaks can waste 90 gallons or more per day!
So if you have a dripping faucet or toilet leak, you really shouldn’t ignore it. Not only is that leak wasting water, it is costing you money on your water bill every month. (How to find a water leak?)
We have broken down the costs of different leaks to give you a better idea of how much your leaks are costing you so you can take the necessary measures to improve your water conservation and lower your monthly expenses.
Leaking Faucet and Showerhead
If you have a very slow drip from a faucet or showerhead, you can count on an additional $1 a month on your bill. That being said, very slow leaks are not that common, faster drips are. Faster drips consist of about 120 drips per minute and add up to 29 gallons per month of wasted water. This amounts to $6 additional dollars per month.
Toilet leaks are harder to detect and you may not notice them until you get your water bill for that month. a running toilet can waste over 6,000 gallons in one month alone. That will add $70 to your bill! If more than one toilet in your home has a leak, you can double the cost.
Other culprits that add to your water bill can be found all around your house and are worth checking and being aware of. Here is a list of some of the thing you can control to decrease your bill:
- Don’t leave the tap on while you are brushing your teeth – saves 320 gallons per year
- Make sure your dishwasher is completely full before you run it – saves 8 gallons per day
- Turn off the water between dishwashing if you do this by hand or use a dishwasher instead – saves 10 gallons per wash
Serious leaks from pipes, fittings, and hoses can cause real damage and are high in repair costs. These leaks can come from the washing machine hose, refrigerator, dishwasher, pipes, roof, and plumbing. Having your home and plumbing inspected and maintained is the best way to avoid these problems.
To avoid and prevent high bills and water damage in your home, it is worth giving Rooter Man a call to check for leaks around your home. For questions about our plumbing services and costs, contact our team today.