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How Much Water Does a Leaky Faucet Waste?

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When one of your home’s faucets has a leak, you’re probably not going to call for immediate faucet repair. Although a leaky faucet doesn’t warrant a prompt repair, it’s still a problematic situation since those tiny drips can add up to a lot of water wastage. 

In fact, the average leaky faucet produces around 10 drips a minute, wasting an entire gallon of water per day. More significant leaks like a faucet that leaks 120 drops per minute will waste about 11 gallons of water a day! 

Not only is this a waste of one of the Earth’s most precious resources, but those water leaks will add up, costing you more on your water bill every month. Let’s look at some other sources of water wastage in your home so you’ll know to give us a call to fix these water wasters for you. 

Leaky Toilet

After faucets, toilets are another common bathroom fixture that are prone to leaking. If your toilet sounds like it’s constantly running, that’s a sure sign that there’s a leak. 

A constantly running toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day. Allowing your toilet to run without fixing it can use more than 6,000 gallons of water every month. A slow leak from a  faucet may not add up to much, but a running toilet could cost as much as a whopping $70 a month!

Other Costly Appliances

Dripping faucets and running toilets aren’t the only things that’ll cost you a lot of money on your monthly water bill. There are many other ways of wasting water in your home that you may not even be aware of.

For example, did you know that running your dishwasher when it’s half full can waste as much as 320 gallons of water per year? The average dishwasher uses about 6 gallons of water per wash cycle. You can see how running it twice as often can add up to a lot of wasted water, not to mention the extra amount of electricity you’re using. 

Handwashing dishes is another waste of water. It’s been estimated that handwashing dishes can require as much as 15-20 gallons of water! That’s almost 3 times as much as your dishwasher uses. If you prefer to handwash large items such as pots and baking sheets, don’t leave the kitchen faucet running. 

The Importance of Fixing Water Leaks

It’s easy to let a water leak become something that’s overlooked in your home. You get so used to seeing it that you don’t even consider the ramifications of letting it continue. But you should get any plumbing leaks fixed as soon as you can. Before you know it, those small leaks will add up to a lot of wasted water.

When our team comes out to fix a leaky faucet or running toilet, we can also assess the rest of your home and fix other small problems before they spread. It’s a great way to maintain your plumbing system and ensure that it works great for years to come.

Contact HM Plumbing today to schedule plumbing services in Atlanta, GA. Serving with Integrity.

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