How Much Is that Drip Costing You?

Dripping Faucet

How Much Is that Drip Costing You?

Sure, that dripping faucet is annoying, but it’s not really hurting anything and it can’t be wasting that much water? Right?

This is the way a lot of us think when it comes to leaky faucets, but the truth is that a dripping faucet in your bathroom or kitchen can actually be wasting a lot of water, and at the same time costing you money for water that you never even get to use. The waste and costs are even greater when you have more than one faucet leaking at the same time.

To calculate how many gallons of water is wasted from drippy home faucets, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has developed a free online drip calculator that homeowners can use to see how much water is being wasted in their own homes. Using three drop-down fields, you simply pick three pieces of information: how many homes you have, how many leaky faucets you have per home, and the frequency of the dripping.

For example, using the online calculator using one home, with three leaky faucets in each that leak at the rate of five drops per minute, the calculator reveals that you actually have 21,600 drips total per day. That amounts to five liters of wasted water from these faucets each day, and a whopping 520 gallons in a year.

You can try the calculator yourself at http://water.usgs.gov/edu/activity-drip.html to see how much water you may be wasting on a daily or yearly basis just from your leaky faucets.

Then give us a call at Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating and Air so that we can stop those drips by repairing or replacing your faucets. We have 30 years of experience providing plumbing services including faucet repair in both homes and businesses.

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