Americans are wasting billions of dollars each year on the approximately 1 trillion gallons of water that leak from their plumbing.
In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the average household wastes anywhere from 2,000 to 20,000 gallons of water each year due to dripping faucets, singing toilets or broken sprinkler systems. Additionally, 10% of homes currently have leaks in their plumbing that waste as much as 90 gallons per day.
To help combat this, the EPA recently celebrated Fix a Leak Week — a week dedicated to spreading awareness on water leaks to the nation’s plumbing contractors, drain repair professionals and homeowners.
According to a March 17 RT.com article, Fix a Leak Week encouraged homeowners to check their water meters before and after a two-hour period in which no water is used to see if their home’s plumbing needs plumbing services or repairs. If the meter changes by the end of the two hours, it’s an indicator of a leak somewhere within the house that requires plumbing contractors’ help.
Toilets are by far the worst culprits of wasting water, and account for as much as 30% of the average household’s indoor water use. Another huge source of leaks is the shower — if a showerhead leaks 10 drips per minute, more than 500 gallons of water are wasted in a year!
By taking just a few hours to check for leaky plumbing within your home, you could start to save major amounts of money on your monthly water bills. It’s estimated that fixing easily-corrected leaks within your house can cut your water bills by 10%.
And it doesn’t have to be Fix a Leak Week to check up on your home’s plumbing — in fact, there’s no better time than right now to test for water leaks.
Did you participate in Fix a Leak Week? Have any other questions to ask about hiring plumbing contractors for drain replacement or no dig sewer repair? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.