Does a Leaky Faucet Really Waste Water?

Picture this: you’re sitting in your living room, watching television, when you realize that you left your cell phone in your bedroom. Upon getting up off the couch and walking closer toward the hallway, you hear a faint “plink, plink, plink.” As you inch closer towards the bathroom, the sound gets louder — but you ignore it, knowing that it’s just a leaky faucet and there are no severe consequences. Well, you might want to rethink your plan about ignoring it — here’s why:

What causes a leaky faucet?

Believe it or not, there are a variety of reasons why your home could have a leaky faucet. For starters, the leak could be the result of a worn-out O-ring: the piece at the spout that eliminates water from leaking out.

Another reason why you could have a leaky faucet is that the washer by the valve seat might need to be replaced. While each situation is unique, every leaking faucet shares one common factor — but what could that be?

Does a leaky faucet really waste water?

Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for: yes, a leaky faucet does waste water. While that generally small drip might not seem that powerful, it can use up to an alarming amount of H2O if it goes undetected (or ignored) for quite some time — and this might not present itself until your next water bill.

For example, if you happen to have one leaky faucet in your home and there’s about one drip per minute, that could factor to approximately 1,440 drips of water a day — and if the problem lingers around longer, then that’s about 34 gallons of water waste per year.

How can I prevent this from happening?

Just like you wouldn’t ignore a burst pipe, the minute you suspect that something is awry with a faucet in your home, it’s essential to contact a professional plumber right away! With their experience and knowledge, they’ll be able to determine any repairs that will need to be made and help get your faucet up and running in no time!

If you’re looking for professional plumbing services, we’re here to help!

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