Leaky Facts

Water tap on the street in beams of the morning sun

Water tap on the street in beams of the morning sun

Leaks may simply seem bothersome, but they are also costly and they can cause a great deal of damage over time. In case you haven’t noticed, the world is beginning to run a little low on potable water, and that makes the US EPA a bit concerned. They posted a list of facts concerning leaks on their website, and today I am sharing a portion of those facts and hints with you:

“Faucets and Showerheads:

  • A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers!
  • Leaky faucets can be fixed by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replacing them if necessary. If you are replacing a faucet, look for the WaterSense label.
  • A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher.
  • Most leaky showerheads can be fixed by ensuring a tight connection using pipe tape and a wrench. If you are replacing a showerhead, look for one that has earned the WaterSense label.

Toilets:

  • If your toilet is leaking, the cause is often an old, faulty toilet flapper. Over time, this inexpensive rubber part decays, or minerals build up on it. It’s usually best to replace the whole rubber flapper—a relatively easy, inexpensive do-it-yourself project that pays for itself in no time.
  • If you do need to replace the entire toilet, look for a WaterSense labeled model. If the average family replaces its older, inefficient toilets with new WaterSense labeled ones, it could save 13,000 gallons per year. Retrofitting the house could save the family nearly $2,400 in water and waste water bills over the lifetime of the toilets.”

If you have a leak, no matter how small, call us. Once it gets bigger, the cost and time to repair the leak and any damage it has caused gets significantly larger!!

Lucien Rizio

Lucien Rizio, Vero Beach Plumber

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