Sure, it may just seem like a simple leaky faucet… What’s a few extra drops of water running throughout the day, anyway? What kinds of problems could it really cause?
Most people who have leaky faucets don’t pay much attention to them, even though fixing them can be quick, easy and quite painless. Instead, they procrastinate on the leak, and don’t bother to take care of it until it does significant damage.
If you think the damage from your leaky faucet is minimal, you may be wrong. Here, we discuss some of the most common problems associated with leaky pipes.
Expensive Water Bills
While a leaky faucet may not seem like it’s emitting much water, the reality is that it can cost you a lot of money. In fact, fixing one faucet can save almost 10% of an average homeowner’s annual water bill.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, an average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of wasted water each year. This is as much water is needed to do 270 loads of laundry.
Additional Home Damage
An unchecked sink leak can put added stresses on your plumbing and can cause drain clogs and overflows. It may also lead to deteriorated caulk and grout, which can result in water leaking though and damaging floorboards and ceilings throughout your home. In some cases, leak damage can become so problematic that it can cause a water stain in your sink as a result of minerals pooling in the sink bowl, a stain that is difficult to clean and may require the purchase of a new sink.
Having problems with a leaky faucet in your home? The Zurn team is here to help! Get in touch with us through the service form on our homepage at www.zurnplumbing.com to learn how we can help you save money by repairing leaky faucets and preventing other plumbing problems before they occur.