We’ve all dealt with leaks in our lives. A dripping faucet, an unsealed pipe, or running toilet can be pretty annoying but what you might not realize is that it’s not only damaging your home and peace of mind but your wallet as well. Don’t believe me, let’s check the figures.
A Small Drip Can Create Some Big Numbers
A leaky faucet can be created by a variety of ways, though it’s often from something as simple as daily use or prolonged wear and tear. If you notice your faucet is beginning to show signs of leaking, fix it immediately before it starts to cost you with rising water bills. Based upon some basic figures by the USGC,
4000 drips create approximately 1 litre worth of water.
So, if your faucet is leaking at a rather unnoticeable 10 drips per minute, then that means that your small leak is wasting 3 litres of water a day. If you let that drip continue, that means you’ll be wasting around 90 litres of water a month and about 350 gallons of water per year!
It’s not just faucets that can end up costing you. A leaking shower an waste up to 10 litres of water a day, or 1,040 gallons a year!
With a steady drip, a leaky shower head or faucet can waste up to 21 litres (or 5 gallons) a day.
Pipes and Running Toilets?
A leaky pipe can cost you far more than a faucet. It can damage property, and if not dealt with quickly – you’ll have flooded house in no time. Even a pinhole pipe-leak, at average water pressure, can easily waste up to 800 gallons in 24 hours.
A typical running toilet can waste around 200 gallons of water a day. Most of this water is unnoticed as it ends up going down your pipes and into the sewer. A running toilet is a fairly simple thing to fix that can be done quickly and cheaply.
How Much Will it Cost You
A small leak in a faucet or shower head will cost you about $20 a month, a leaky toilet can cost a typical household $75-$150 a month, while a leaky pipe can easily set you back $100-$600 a month! It’s not hard to see that, if the problem is left unchecked, those small leaks can cost you and your household big money!
Save Water, Time, and Money
In Toronto, and Canada as a whole, we often take our supply of fresh and clean drinking water for granted. It’s up to each of us to make that extra effort to safeguard our planet’s natural resources, water being the most essential of all. Fixing your leaky faucet, pipe, or toilet will not only lead to you wasting less water but also help you save time and money in the long run.
Have a leaky faucet or pipe? Don’t wait, contact Wrench It Up today for a free consultation and let us seal the deal on all those pesky little leaks.