Cost of a Dripping Faucet

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The era of modern plumbing is filled with new advances in water efficiency and the cleanliness of the water being used. With so many improvements in plumbing, most people are seeing themselves saving money by investing in better materials. Unfortunately, faucet leaks undermine the endeavor to save and conserve as it allows precious water to go down the drain. While money is the biggest issue most people consider when they have this issue, there are more, less obvious damaging effects that can result from a dripping faucet:

Money

If you are hearing the aggravating drip of water escaping down the drain, then you are also listening to those precious pennies you saved going down as well. A small leak can usually cause a person to see a $20 raise to their water bill every year. If the leak is a large one or continues to progress, this monetary value can reach up to $60-$200 depending on how long the problem remains unsolved.

Before you determine this isn’t too bad, you might want to take a moment to consider the cost of repairs. Parts, the cost to get a plumber out to evaluate the source of the problem, and the cost of labor adds up pretty quickly. If you are noticing that your faucet has sprung a leak, it is time to get it fixed immediately. If not, you will be listening to the drip of money leaking out of your bank account all night long.

Water as a Resource

Tap closeup with dreaping waterdrop.The environment’s worsening condition has been a hot topic in the media lately. And while many factors are still up to debate, there is still one fact that remains solid: out of all the water on the earth’s surface, only 1% of it is usable for human beings. If you have a leaking faucet, you could be wasting about 7-10 gallons a day. That’s about 2,520-3,600 gallons of water per year.

To put this number in perspective, an average household fish aquarium holds about 60 gallons of water. In just two months, you could have filled an aquarium with the amount of water that was wasted.

Health

A dripping faucet doesn’t just cost you money or mother nature precious resources, but it also worsens the health of your family. A dripping faucet is a recipe for mold and mildew growth around the faucet, inside of the sink, or even on your floor or walls if it reaches there. Mold and mildew release spores that get into the air and are then consumed by you and your family. Many negative health effects can be caused by mold. Here are some of the most common illnesses caused or made worse by mold;

  • Asthma
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Allergies
  • Itchy skin or eyes
  • Nosebleeds
  • Increased risk of bronchitis
  • Increased risk of respiratory infections

Don’t let a dripping faucet cost you more than you bargained for. Take back control by contacting Denton Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain. Our expert services are guaranteed to not only help you fix your leaky faucet but also help you take steps in avoiding future leaks. Call Denton Roto-Rooter today for more information.

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