Money Down the Drain: The Importance of Leak Detection

Letting a water leak go unrepaired is like sending your hard earned cash right down the drain. While few people would knowingly send their money down the drain, that is exactly what happens when even a small water leak is allowed to continue.

How Much Water Is Wasted in an Average Household?

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an average household wastes up to 10,000 gallons of water every year. (That’s enough water to fill a backyard swimming pool!) At an average cost of $.002 per gallon, this cost is $20 a year in waste.

Instead of flushing that $20 down the drain, save your money, help the environment, and get that leak repaired!

Small Leaks Waste Big Bucks

A slow but steady leak from a faucet, toilet, or irrigation pipe can result in a surprising amount of wasted money and water:

  • A leaky kitchen faucet dripping once every second wastes 3,000 gallons of water in one year for a total cost of $6 wasted.
  • A showerhead that drips every six seconds wastes 500 gallons of water in a year, which is enough water to run 60 loads of dishes in an average dishwasher.
  • A constantly running toilet wastes at least 200 gallons of water every day. At a cost of $.40 per day, that’s over $150 in a year.
  • An average home or small business irrigation system with a 1/32 inch crack can leak 6,300 gallons of water in just a month, for a total of at least $12.60 wasted.

Add all of these leaky problems together and you have one giant hole in your wallet.

Leak Detection By the Pros

A professional leak detection service by an experienced plumber from Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Dallas can find the tiniest of leaks. Our plumbing repair services could save you hundreds of dollars on water bills this year alone, in addition to the improved environmental impact that fixing a leak makes. Call our Plano plumbers today at (972) 895-7775 for prompt and reliable inspection, detection and repair services.