The drip coming from your bathroom may not seem like anything more than a mere annoyance, but in reality, you’re wasting water, which also means you’re wasting money. It’s not normal for a faucet, showerhead, or pipe to have water coming out of it after turning it off.
The drip, drip, drip that you hear is a sign that something is wrong with your plumbing.
If you’re not entirely convinced that you should fix your leak, understanding the true damage that it causes (and the money it can cost you in the long run) is the first step to realizing that you have a problem — a plumbing problem. So why should you call in the pros to take care of that seemingly insignificant drip?
Take a look at some of the top issues that leaks cause and the reasons you should correct them immediately.
It may seem like there’s an endless supply of water on the Earth, but that isn’t the case. Keep in mind, those vast oceans that you see on the globe are filled with undrinkable salt water. The more water that goes down the drain, the less there is for everyone else to use. If you’re unnecessarily using water, you’re wasting it.
How much water could one tiny little leak really waste? It’s common to think that a dripping faucet or a leaky showerhead isn’t a major factor when it comes to the environment and wasting water.
But these somewhat small or slow leaks can actually waste more water than homeowners think. A water line that leaks 1 gallon of water every 10 minutes can result in the loss of 52,560 gallons annually, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Even a dripping faucet that leaks at one drip per second can cause major water loss. This type of leaks can waste over 3,000 gallons of water in one year. That’s water that you don’t get the chance to use.
As your shower head, bathroom sink, or outdoor hose faucet leaks, the constant drip may start causing fixture issues. While most plumbing fixtures are sturdy enough to hold up to a small stream of water, over time, a constant drip can cause unnecessary mineral build-up and other issues.
There’s always a reason for a drip. The leak in your bathroom sink didn’t just magically appear, even if it seems that way. If there’s an issue with the plumbing, such as a faulty fixture or a worn washer, letting it go only gives the problem time to get worse. Instead of waiting and watching, call a pro to fix the leak right away to solve the annoying drip and save your fixture from further damage.
The water that you’re wasting costs you money. You’re paying the utility company for each gallon that’s passing through your worn plumbing and going down the drain. There may even be times when you don’t hear or see a leak, but your water bill can show you that it’s happening.
A sudden unexplained spike in your bill may signal that there’s a leak going on somewhere that you don’t know about. If you haven’t started watering your garden all day long every day, running the shower for hours, or flushing the toilet over and over again, a high water bill shows you that something is going on.
The only way to lower your bill is to fix the leak. Whether it’s a drip you can see and hear or a pipe that’s hiding inside a wall, a plumber can repair the issue and help you to spend less on water utility costs.