How Much Is That Leaky Faucet Really Costing You?

Believe it or not, the many household wastes 10,000 gallons of water a year from accumulated leaks alone. Homes with severe leaks can waste 90 gallons or more per day! Serious leaks from pipes, fittings, and hoses can cause real damage and are high in repair costs. These leaks can come from the washing machine hose, refrigerator, dishwasher, pipes, roof, and plumbing. Having your home and plumbing inspected and maintained is the best way to avoid these problems.
Most of us see water dripping from their sink, nozzle or a pipe and consider it a minor problem. After all, how much can that little drip actually cost? Well, the short answer is that if you discover a faucet that is dripping or a pipe that is leaking, the chances are that water did not just start to drip mere seconds before you found it that way.
Alone, one or two drops of water that leak from a faucet is not going cost you much on your utility bill, but if that number of drops is in the hundreds or even possibly the thousands, the increase to your utility bill will be quite significant.

Calculating the Cost of Leaks
Aside from not being eco-friendly, leaks can also cost you more money on your water bill and even early repairs and replacements of your appliances, which affects the overall economy.

The Cost of Dripping Faucets
On average, a single faucet drip releases about 10 drops of water per minute. To put that into perspective, approximately 15,140 drips make up a gallon of water. If your home has one faucet leaking at a (very typical) rate of ten drips per minute, that one faucet is wasting three liters of water per day. That is 90 liters per month and 347 gallons of water per year.
A fast dripping faucet or shower head that drips 60 drips per minute wastes 21 liters per day, or 5 gallons of water a day. That is 2,082 gallons per year.
It’s important to note that some faucets can drip even more frequently, resulting in even greater water wastage. Whether it is due to a faulty valve or worn–out washers, a faster drip rate will lead to more water going down the drain.
1 gallon of water = 15,140 drips
1 liter of water = 4,000 drips

The Cost of Leaky Pipes
Pipe leaks, although less annoying or obvious, are much more serious and expensive than leaking faucets. On average, a pipe leak the size of the tip of a pencil will waste approximately 970 gallons in 24 hours at even low water pressure.
You may not even notice a pipe leak if it is located underground or in a space you cannot see. Make sure you keep an eye out for the following:
A musty smell under sinks in cabinets (often an indication of a cracked hose, a small pipe leak, or a leak at the junction of a hose and pipe)
Water in your yard or running down the street from near your yard
High water bills
Water stains on walls or ceilings

The Cost of Running Toilets
Since water from a leaky toilet runs straight into the sewer line, you may not notice it right away—until you get the water bill.
A constantly running toilet may waste about eight gallons per hour, or 200 gallons per day. Left unnoticed, a running toilet could waste over 6,000 gallons per month. Depending on the rate you pay for water and sewer, this could cost as much as $70 per month! And that is assuming you only have one running toilet in your home.
Fortunately, you can detect a leaky or running toilet and stop it in its tracks. Just listen for the sound of water running or a “phantom flush” when no one has touched the handle. This is the tank refilling as water leaks into the bowl through a faulty flapper.

How Much Does That Translate to in Water Bill Costs?
A leaky showerhead or faucet will cost you about $20 a month, which does not seem like much (unless you have several leaky faucets or you let it go for a long time). However, cracks in pipes and pinhole-sized holes in pipes typically cost a household between $100-$600 a month, and a leaky toilet will cost you between $75-$150 on an average month.
In addition to the financial repercussions, a dripping faucet also has a notable impact on water bills. The constant loss of water due to a leak is not only wasteful but also contributes to increased water consumption.

Cost to Your Wallet:
A leaky faucet at one drip per second can cost you around $54 per year.
A burst pipe (or a tap left fully open) can cost you around $230 per day.

Cost to Your Home:
A small leak behind your wall from pipes can lead to drywall damage, costing you about $400 in repairs.
Undetected leaks can lead to mold, and mold remediation can cost from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
69 percent of water heaters fail due to a slow leak or a sudden rupture, which can cost you about $4,000 in repairs or replacements.
Cost to the Environment:
10 drips per minute wastes 500 gallons of water per year, which equals 11 full bathtubs of water
1 drip per second wastes 3,000 gallons of water per year, which equals 66 full bathtubs of water
A constant running drip wastes 72,000 gallons of water per year, which equals 1,617 full bathtubs or more than 4 backyard-sized swimming pools of water.

What To Do If You Have a Water Leak
It can be tempting to avoid taking action on a water leak, because let’s face it, it seems like a small problem. However, that small problem can turn into major damage down the road if the problem isn’t fixed as soon as you identify it. If you notice any of these symptoms (and especially if you notice multiple), we recommend reaching out to your trusted plumbers at Best Plumbing. With top-level expertise and exceptional customer service that surpasses expectations; we have years of experience fixing leaks for homeowners just like you.
If you need help with your garbage disposal, sinks, or any other plumbing issue, call Best Plumbing Services at 951-788-1321 for professional drain cleaning methods. Located in Riverside, California we are family owned and operated with over 10 years of experience. We take pride in our service and expect each job to be completed as if it were our own home or business. Our Licensed Plumbers and Technicians will be professional, clean and polite.