How Much Are Plumbing Leaks Costing You Annually?

When most people think about plumbing problems they imagine huge floods and expensive whole-home replumbs. In reality, it’s the slow plumbing leaks that can be some of the costliest problems homeowners don’t even realize they have!

How much are plumbing leaks – both the ones you know about and the ones you don’t – costing you each year? More than you think.

Leaky Faucets
Leaky faucets are a nuisance, to be sure. The sound alone can drive a homeowner crazy! When you do the math, you’ll realize that a faucet that drips an average of ten drops a minute will really “only” waste about $3 worth of water a year. Not that expensive, right? When you consider the amount of water wasted annually – some 2,000+ gallons! – you might start to understand how a world full of leaky faucets can really add up.

Running Toilets
A toilet that runs is, technically, a leaky toilet. Water is literally leaking down your sewer system! A constantly-running toilet burns through about 200-300 extra gallons of water a day – that’s about $2 in extra water a week. It’s terrible for the environment and who wants to hear the sound of running water coming from their bathroom all day, every day?

Leaky Pipes
Pipes that leak are another story. Depending on the water pressure in your area, a tiny leak the size of a pen-point can lose upwards of 1,000 gallons of water a day. That adds up to over $1 a day in water costs, not to mention the effect on the planet. The worst part about leaking pipes isn’t their immediate cost, it’s the after-affect. Pipes don’t generally leak into something waterproof; they often pour water into cabinetry or drywall which can be very expensive to repair. Just 100 square feet of drywall can cost you up to $500 to replace and if a leak goes undetected for long, mold remediation services will run you anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.

Don’t let plumbing leaks sneak up on you!
What might seem like a miniscule amount of water can really add up, and sometimes a detectable leak means you’ve got bigger issues happening where you can’t see. If you have a leak, contact the reputable folks at 1 Call Plumbing for guaranteed service you can rely on.