Did you know that household leaks waste more than one trillion gallons of water a year in the United States? That’s a lot of water!
1 Call Plumbing helps homeowners all over Charlotte deal with leaks both large and small. Even a slow dripping leak can equate to hundreds of gallons of lost water a year. Here’s what you need to know about how much water leaks are costing you – and what you can do about them.
Your Leak is More Significant Than You Think
The EPA says that more than 10% of homes have water leaks that waste more than 90 gallons of water per day. In most parts of the country, a gallon of water costs anywhere from one to two cents; that may not sound like a lot, but at over $1 a day, water leaks can add up to hundreds of dollars a year in wasted water expenses.
The USGS actually has a water drip calculator you can use to figure out how much water, exactly, a simple dripping faucet in your home actually wastes.
What Are the Most Common Sources of Leaks?
Leaks can happen anywhere there is plumbing. Some of the most common sources of leaks include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, pipe connections, and plumbing valves. Sometimes leaks are easy to detect, like those that occur underneath the kitchen sink and result in an obvious puddle of water. Other times, though, leaks happen within interior walls, or even outside a home within the soil. Unfortunately, any water leakage that happens on your property (i.e. prior to the city’s water main, which usually starts at the street) is your responsibility.
Signs You May Have a Leak
Plumbers know a few tell-tale signs that almost always indicate a leak. Here are a handful of symptoms you shouldn’t ignore:
- Rapidly escalating water bill, or a bill that is noticeably higher than the same period last year or month
- Audible sound of dripping water
- Running toilets (to tell if a toilet is leaking, place a few drops of food coloring in the tank; if color shows up in the bowl, you have a leak)
What to do if You Have a Leak
If you suspect a plumbing leak it’s always a good idea to call a local plumbing professional. They have the necessary tools to detect exactly where a leak is coming from, then to apply the proper fix. Although it’s entirely possible to DIY a leaking pipe, you’re always better off having a proper inspection done to ensure there aren’t larger issues at play. Don’t let a leaky faucet turn into a largescale restoration effort when more serious plumbing issues go undetected.
1 Call Plumbing is your local plumbing expert in Charlotte. Have a suspicion your plumbing is leaking? Reach out to our team of knowledgeable professionals today to schedule an in-home appointment.
We’re fast, we’re experienced, and we’re affordable.