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.

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



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