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Fix That Leaky Faucet! Here’s What It Could Be Costing You

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 at 5:40 pm

A dripping faucet in your bathroom can keep you up at night, but this isn’t something that you need to find a way to “live with.” The same goes for a leaky kitchen faucet which you can ignore when you’re somewhere else in the house. What looks like a small inconvenience is actually much more. A leaking faucet is wasting water and costing you money, far more than you may think.

If you have one or more faucets leaking in your home and you can’t stop them, you need to call for a plumber to come out to fix the problem. Brooks Plumbing can take care of any leaky faucets in your home, as well as any plumbing problem that can plague your pipes and appliances. We’ve brought great plumbing service to the Olympia area for 20 years, and we strive for the highest quality in everything we do. If you need a plumber in Tumwater, WA, don’t hesitate to call.

The Unpleasant Truth about Leaking Faucets

The small size of the drips from faucets can easily trick people into thinking that a leaking faucet is no big deal—those drips can’t possible add up to enough water to make a difference. However, the actual numbers on the volume of water that goes down the drain from a leaky faucet show that theses drip make a big difference.

For example, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the leaks from an average household can equal 10,000 gallons of water each year, which is equivalent to 270 loads of laundry. For a single faucet that leaks one drip per second can waste 3,000 gallons each year, which equals approximately 180 showers. And at least 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. If you make the effort to have professionals fix basic leaks (not counting leaking in pipes), it will save you 10% on your water bills annually.

Take a look over your water bills for the last year and add them up. Now calculate what a tenth of that amount is: that’s how much you can waste every year if you allow leaky faucets to continue drip-drip-dripping.

Remember, this is not just an issue for your house, but an issue for water conservation in general. When you have a leaking faucet fixed promptly, you’re helping the planet along with helping your water budget.

You can call on Brooks Plumbing to help stop water leaks in your home. We’ll send a plumber who will also look to find other places in your home where you may be wasting water. We strongly recommend that you have new low-flow faucets installed to replace leaking ones; along with stopping the leaks, these new faucets will lower your water usage an additional 30%.

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