5 Gallons a Day, 1800 Gallons a Year: So Much Water Wasted from One Leaky Faucet

5 Gallons a Day, 1800 Gallons a Year: So Much Water Wasted from One Leaky Faucet

That leaky faucet is so annoying, but it’s largely been a problem you’ve been able to ignore; you’ve been shutting the bathroom door, drowning out the constant drip, drip, dripping with the sound of the television, listen, this is a terrible idea. Ignoring the issue will only make it worse, leading to more water wasted, more stress on the environment, and the bottom line: a higher water bill.

How much water does a leaky faucet actually waste?

The average household’s pipe and faucet 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. It all starts with a little drip, and it really doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. One drop of water every few seconds — what could that be doing, really? More thank you think. Break it down this way. Imagine one drop, every few seconds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It adds up. Imagine if this was every faucet in your home, in your neighbor’s home, in all the homes that surround yours.

The math can only be approximated because every drop of water from every faucet is a slightly different size, and falls at a slightly different rate, but using the US Geological Survey’s average of 1/4 millimeter per drop, it would take about 15,000 drops to equal one gallon of water. And sure, 15 thousand drops sounds like a lot, but a faucet that drips a drop every second would fill that gallon in just four and a half hours.

That’s five gallons a day, 35 gallons a week, and as many as 1800 gallons a year. Suddenly, that little drip doesn’t seem like such a small amount of water anymore.

Banish the drip. Call in the experts at My Plumber Heating & Cooling.

A leaky faucet may seem like a minor annoyance, but it can quickly turn into a major problem if not tended to and fixed. For those of you move and sell your home or move your office, a leak could jeopardize a sale. My Plumber Heating & Cooling serves business- and homeowners in northern Virginia and southern Maryland, with the knowledge and the expertise to banish that drip for good.

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