Faucet leaks can cost you big time, save money and conserve

You don’t think about your home’s utilities as being a “controllable cost” on your household budget. You probably just chalk up water and electricity as fixed costs. Utilities are actually very controllable if you make an effort to conserve. But before you starting thinking about ways to conserve, you must eliminate the waste, and leaky faucets are statistically the biggest offenders. 

Plumbing leaks can be on a drain on your household budget. Consider these facts from the Environmental Protection Agency:

  • The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.
  • Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide. That’s equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes.
  • Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.

There are two easy ways to see if you have plumbing leaks. First, check your water meter. Get the reading on your meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter reading is not identical, more than likely you have a leak. Second, check your water bill. Get a three-month snapshot, comparing the usage each month. If you see a fluctuation in usage, you may have an issue.

Once you have determined you have plumbing leaks, you can then narrow it down to what needs to be repaired. Dripping faucets, worn toilet flappers and faulty irrigation systems can all account for this waste and can be easily repaired. Repairing plumbing leaks can save you about 10% on your water bill.

Now that you’ve eliminated the waste, you can think about conserving and saving even more money. Our skilled plumbers can repair your plumbing leaks and provide you ways to conserve at a price that respects your budget. Call NC Plumbing Services at 919-868-3585 to take care of your plumbing needs.