When it rains, it pours.
At least, that’s the case if your leaky faucet has suddenly reached its breaking point.
Thanks to leaks, the average household wastes enough water for 270 loads of laundry in just a single year. While the fixtures in your home are prone to a leak at some point in their lifetime, it’s up to you to ensure their longevity.
Check out the starting truth behind leaky faucets, plus what you can do to recognize and fix that slowly-dripping sink in the kitchen or bathroom.
Money Down the Drain
Drip. Drip. Drip. Yes, the sound of water hitting the floor of your shower in the evening is annoying. That drip could also be costing you. Big time.
An estimated 14 percent of the average household’s water bill is spent in water leaks. While the numbers may not seem significant, they could end up costing you in the long run. The 11,000 gallons of water you’re wasting is enough for nearly 270 loads of laundry.
If you’ve noticed mold or mildew growing in your bathroom or shower, or that piece of wallpaper is becoming damaged, there could be a hidden water leak taking its toll on your home. Hidden leaks are common in homes, yet they can be tough to spot.
In order to stay on top of your home’s plumbing and water fixtures, it’s important to check up on them frequently. Check your toilet for leaks, keep an eye on your water meter and be sure to take action as soon as you notice a dripping faucet. If you notice your water bill is especially high one month, don’t overlook a possible leak.
What You Can Do
When the faucet is the source of your water leak, there are a few likely culprits. Take a look at your O ring, valves and washers. You might find a simple improper installation, a loose part or a sign that it’s time to replace your faucet all together.
If that’s the case, it’s important to know how to properly fix the problem. You’re probably capable of fixing it yourself. But if you’re hesitant, a licensed plumber can help. Besides, an improper fix could actually make the leaky faucet worse.
At Benjamin Franklin Plumbing, we’re experts at plumbing repairs, bathtub and sink repair, toilet repair and installation and more. Give us a call today to learn more or schedule a service. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you never have to live with a leak in your home.