Plumbing Leaks Are Wallet Leaks

The drip of a plumbing leak is not just annoying—it’s also a drain on your wallet. Even a seemingly small leak can waste gallons of water every day, translating into hundreds of dollars simply—and literally—thrown down the drain.

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Water Leak Facts

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an average home wastes 10,000 gallons of water every year due to plumbing leaks. In fact, 10% of households have a water leak that wastes more than 90 gallons of water each and every day. That’s a lot of needlessly wasted water.

The most common home plumbing leaks are in the toilet flapper, faucets, and leaky valves. These types of leaks are inexpensive to repair and could save up to 10% on monthly water bill costs, putting money back in your pocket at the end of the day.

The Cost of Water Leaks

The slow drip of a water leak adds up more quickly than many homeowners realize. A typical municipal water rate is $.002 per gallon of tap water, which might not seem like a lot, but which also adds up to a lot of money over time. For example:

  • A leaky kitchen or bathroom faucet that drips once each second wastes 3,000 gallons of water each year. At a cost of $.002 per gallon, this amounts to $6 per year.
  • A leaky shower head that drips 10 times each minute wastes 500 gallons of water every year, at a cost of $1 for the year.
  • One running toilet wastes 200 gallons of water every day, at a cost of $.40 per day or $146 in a year.
  • A home sprinkler system that has 60 pounds of pressure per square inch and has a 0.03125-inch (aka, very small) leak wastes 6,300 gallons of water in one month, at a cost of $12.60 per month or $151.20 in a year.
  • The typical home wasting 10,000 gallons of water in a year is wasting $20 in that year.

While a waste of $1 or even $100 a year might not seem much to you, the impact of multiple leaks across your property can make your waste a staggering amount. Just think of how much money is wasted if you have a leak in your faucet, your shower head, AND your hose. That’s a combined total of $160 each year—enough money for at least two months of gas for your car!

Stop the Drain Today

As your plumber in Minneapolis, we offer leak detection, plumbing inspection, and pipe repair services. We also offer advice and plumbing products to help with home water conservation efforts. For more information or to schedule a leak repair service, call our team at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Minneapolis today at 952-933-8888.

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