The Hidden Cost Of Leaks In Your Home

Does your shower tend to leak, even just a lit­tle bit, after you turn off the water?  Most peo­ple don’t even think about it, and why should they?  It’s harm­less right???  It might seem insignif­i­cant, but a shower head that leaks at just 10 drips per minute can still waste about 500 gal­lons of water a year.  That’s enough water to fill up your bath­tub 10 times, or wash 50 loads of dishes in your elec­tric dish­washer!  The hid­den cost of that same shower head run­ning unat­tended for as lit­tle as 5 min­utes is severe also.  You could power a 60-watt light bulb for 10 hours with the amount of elec­tric­ity wasted dur­ing that time.  Incred­i­ble isn’t it?

Leaks, in gen­eral, cost the aver­age house­hold around 10,000 gal­lons of water a year.  That’s enough to fill up a back­yard swim­ming pool accord­ing to the EPA.  This same resource notes that most homes waste more than 90 gal­lons of water a day.  That adds up pretty quickly.

Leaks can be inside the walls too.  These are even more dam­ag­ing, as over time they can rot away at the wood and plas­ter in your walls (and cre­ate an envi­ron­ment that allows mold to grow).  Mold isn’t only hard on allergies…it can end up putting you in the hos­pi­tal in severe cases!

If you want to cut down on the amount of water that you’re wast­ing from leaks, and you’re ready to do your part to save Mis­souri (and the rest of the world) for future gen­er­a­tions, give us a call today.  We’re the best plumb­ing Colum­bia MO has to offer, and we wel­come the chance to earn your busi­ness!  Call us at 573–449-7050 any time day or night.

image of leaks

It looks insignif­i­cant, but leaks like this can add up!



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