Is there one faucet in your house that is that faucet? The one that always seems to drip drip drip no matter what you do with it? This kind of slow water leak might seem like an annoyance, but it’s something much more serious: small water leaks add up to a much bigger waste of water than you might imagine. But it’s easy to have this fixed! You only have to arrange with our plumbers to have a new faucet put in. This new faucet not only won’t leak, but it will add a pleasant new look to whatever room it’s in.
The Water Waste from That Leaky Faucet
All it takes is a few drops per minute to turn into a large waste of water. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the annual amount of water lost through household leaks across the country is more than 1 trillion gallons. That equals the annual water use of more than 11 million homes.
But let’s zero in on the leaky faucet. A faucet that drips at the rate of one drip a second can add up to more than 3,000 gallons per year. To give you a sense of how much that is, the average shower uses around 16 to 17 gallons; you could take 180 showers using the water a leaky faucet wastes. Even a slower leak that only amounts to 500 gallons a year is wasting enough water for 60 loads of dishes in the dishwasher.
If you can’t correct a leaking faucet using a wrench to tighten it up, then it’s best to have professional plumbers replace it. They can use a special low-flow faucet that will help you save additional water without a noticeable change in the quality of the water flow.
Also check for leaky showerheads, which can often leak more than standard faucets. We can take care of putting in new showerheads as well.
Mallick Plumbing & Heating offers kitchen plumbing and bathroom plumbing in Gaithersburg, MD and throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.