Wasted Water Woes: Stop Your Leak Right Now

Tips from Calhoun Plumbing to stop wasting water through water leaks.

Wasted Water Woes: Stop Your Leak Right Now

Calhoun Plumbing

July 25, 2019

The drip, drip, drip coming from your bathroom faucet is more than just annoying; it’s causing problems for you and your home. Whether you have a slowly leaking sink, a dripping shower head, a toilet that keeps filling (when no one is pushing down on the handle) or a mysterious pipe that’s losing water from behind a wall, you need help — right now.

Even though a drip may seem small, the damage it can do can cost you time and money, which makes fixing the leak immediately absolutely essential. If you’re letting a leak go, take a look at the top reasons for calling in a professional plumber ASAP.

Water Loss

That teeny tiny drip coming from your leaking faucet is wasting water. The loss may seem insignificant, but your leak is actually letting gallons of water go down the drain. How much water are you wasting?

To get the exact amount that your leak wastes, you’d have to catch and calculate what’s coming out of the pipe or faucet. But there are some general figures, based on average fixtures in American homes. In fact, 10 percent of homes in the United States waste 90 gallons or more per day due to leaks. Across the U.S., annual household water leaks account for one trillion gallons of wasted water.

The irritating drip coming from your kitchen or bathroom faucet can waste over 3,000 gallons of water annually, if it leaks at a rate of one drip per second. At just 10 drips per minutes, a leaking shower head can waste 500 gallons of water in one year.

While these are some pretty wasteful numbers, they don’t compare to what can happen when you have an outdoor leak. What seems like a thin crack in your yard’s irrigation system can result in the loss of over 6,000 gallons of water per month.

Wasted Resources

Not being able to see the full amount of water you’re wasting may make it easier to wait when it comes to fixing a leak. Even if you know the numbers, they might seem incomprehensible. You may start wondering, “How could such a small leak in the bathroom faucet cause problems?”

When water goes down the drain or leaks into another part of your house, it isn’t just a problem for you. It’s a problem for the planet. It may seem like the Earth has plenty of water on it — and it does. But not all of that water is usable. While water covers more than 70 percent of the planet, 96.5 percent of it is found in the oceans. This means that only about 3 percent is fresh, potentially drinkable water.

Given that there’s not an endless supply of water for drinking, bathing, washing your dishes or washing your clothes in, wasting what you have (through a leaky faucet or pipe) isn’t helping the planet out. Instead, getting the leak fixed quickly and properly can save some water and help the environment.

Money Loss

If you want to understand the leak-related water loss problem in a way that hits home, consider how much money you’re losing. There’s no magic number that tells you exactly how much your leak is costing you. But the loss will show up in a higher water bill.

Take a look at your monthly bill. You’ll find the cost per gallon rate. Multiply that by the relevant water-loss number (such as 500 gallons per year for a dripping showerhead), and you’ll find out how much money you’re wasting annually.

Yes, it costs money to have a plumber fix a leak. But in comparison to what you’re spending over the course of a month or a year in wasted water charges, you’ll end up saving money on your water utility bills.

Do you have a leak? Calhoun Plumbing can locate the leak and fix it for you.