We’ve all been there – going about the day or evening as usual when we hear it. That slow, steady sound. Drip. Drip. Drip. At first, a leaky faucet might seem like a minor annoyance at most. However, if you take the time to consider how many gallons of water gets sent down the drain over a year if you leave a leaky faucet unaddressed, you quickly realize that you’re literally sending money down the drain.
According to the EPA, a leaky faucet that drips at a rate of one drop per second can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water in a year. To put that into better perspective, that’s the same amount of water as 180 showers, meaning you’re paying for someone to run an unused shower every other day. Calling a plumber to fix a leaky faucet might seem like something you can put off for another day, but if you’re not careful, you can wind up spending far more on your water bills than you would on a quick visit for them to fix the issue.
Another thing to consider is the effect of constantly dripping water on your faucet hardware. Water is a strong force that’s capable of carving paths through solid rock if given enough time. While your leaky faucet can hardly be compared to a raging river, there are still adverse effects on your faucets from an untreated drip. Over time that dripping water can wear away at the components of your faucet, causing you to have to replace it long before you would have otherwise.
If your home has a leaky faucet, don’t send your money down the drain right along with the water by putting off calling a plumber. Our team here at Wake Forest Plumbing Company is happy to come to fix it, so contact us today to schedule an appointment!