How Much Does a Leak Cost?October 11, 2017 10:00 am
Most individuals disregard small leaks from their faucet without realizing that those drops add up to billions of water wastage. Let’s do the math. For instance, let us assume that your faucet leak only one drop per minute. If this is the case, it means that you will have lost over 52 gallons of water in a year. This translates to about one gallon of water each week. If you have five faucets with the same problem in your home, it means that you will have lost over 200 gallons of water each year minimum. According to EPA Water Sense Program, every home loses about 10,000 gallons of water annually from leaks in various faucets and pipes. If you thought that only a few drops of water don’t make any difference, you can now see how much water is going to waste when the leaks are not repaired.
Water waste scenarios
Although the water lost through a leak cannot have a noticeable difference in your water bill, failure to address the issue is very costly. Remember when there is a leak in a faucet; this water will contribute to wear and tear of the entire faucet. This will further cause the gaskets, washer, and seals to wear out quickly and requiring replacement. Additionally, the leak also causes the whole faucet to wear out, and you may be forced to replace it after only a few years of use. As most of you probably know, replacing a faucet doesn’t come cheap.
Leaks resulting from worn out pipes are more serious and can cause loss of several gallons of water on a daily basis. These leaks are more pronounced, and if not repaired as soon as possible it could lead to widespread damage. Remember, a leak from a worn out pipe can be absorbed by surrounding material be it the wall or cabinet and this could cause water damage which is expensive to repair especially if it has affected a large area.
When the leaks are not checked and repaired as they should, the fixtures involved will deteriorate and eventually fail. Over the time, fixtures such as faucets, bathtub, or entire sink deteriorate faster forcing you to dig deeper in your pocket to cover the repairs.
Additionally, cabinets and walls can also be affected by water leaks. If water gets in wood as well as other porous materials it will cause serious water damage where you may be forced to replace part of the building. Moreover, if the dampness is not taken care of properly, it can also lead to the development of mold and mildew. Mold will not only cause widespread damage in your home but can also cause serious health problems to your family.
It is clear that the drip that keeps trickling down the sink is more than just annoyance. We hope that this information has informed you on the importance of taking necessary steps to fix leaks promptly before they cause a more pronounced damage.
Vincent J. Attardo is the President/CEO of Coastline Environmental Solutions, Inc. He provides Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) investigations, mold and bacteria testing, water damage/mold remediation and repair, and is available for consultation and public speaking. For more information please visit www.coastlineclean.com. Readers may contact him at 800-847-3867 or email at [email protected]