A leaky faucet’s constant dripping sound can ruin your tranquillity and get you out of your nerves. Squandering water affects not only your bills but also the environment, as water-wastage is a genuine threat.
The dampness from a leaky faucet can develop mould in your home, and that isn’t just unappealing, it is dangerous to you and your family’s health. A defective fixture can rapidly amount to your water bill, and if you have more than one leaking faucet, that cost is going to triple.
Let’s see how much water a leaky faucet wastes over time and discuss what’s the price that you have to pay.
How much water does a leaky faucet can waste over time – a day, a year, 10 years
We have to make some calculations to get a clearer image of how much water you are wasting with a single leaking faucet, so bear with us here.
There is no precise volume of a faucet drip, as it varies, so let’s assume that each water drop’s volume is 1/4 millilitre (ml).
Let’s say you have one faucet in your home that drips once every second. That’s 60 drops per minute, 3,600 per hour, which adds up to 86,400 drops per day and a whopping 31,536,000 per year.
Dress up these numbers in litres of water, and you will waste 18 litres of water per day and the terrifying 7,881 litres per year. The numbers only get higher if your faucet drips more quickly, or you have more dripping fixtures.
How much does a water leak cost?
On average, the cost of tap water is £0.1 per 1 litre. With that said:
A very typical leak of 10 drops per minute wastes nearly 3 litres per day or 109 litres per month. In many places, this costs less than £10,9.
But what about faster drips? A faucet that leaks 120 drops per minute wastes 41 litres per day or 1,249 litres per month, and this could cost £124,9 per month, based on where you live.
Why is a leaky faucet a pretty big problem?
The average cost of a leaky faucet may not seem that serious, but as time passes, it can add up to your water bills. Also, it may lead to severe and costly water damages in your home. Excess dampness always ends up with mould and mildew, which can pose health threats.
Reducing the water consumption by fixing the leaking taps, faucets, appliances or pipes will lower the cost of plumbing equipment used to deliver the water to the households, which results in lower prices for providing fresh water.
Water consumption is ever-increasing, and it’s our responsibility to take care of the planet’s resources. Being mindful of the water-wastage problem would make a small but significant step towards water conservation.
How do you check for leaks around the house?
Washing machine leaks
Check the washing machine’s hose for leaks or excessive wear, indicating a leak could develop soon.
Every refrigerator has a drain point, and a defrost drain, and those are two causes for water leaks. The hose behind your fridge wears out and eventually fails. Some leaks are unnoticed for weeks or even months, slowly ruining the floor beneath the refrigerator.
You can check your dishwasher by removing the front panel below the door and use a flashlight to inspect the machine. And if you don’t see dripping water, place some paper under the appliance and pour water into the bottom of the unit. After a few minutes, pull the paper out and see if there are any wet spots.
Bathroom and kitchen sinks have plumbing fixtures, usually hidden inside a cabinet. Check this area frequently for dripping water, mould or rotting wood.
Leaking toilets are a common problem in every household. An easy trick to check for a leak is to put a few drops of food colouring into your toilet tank and wait around 10minutes. If the water in the bowl has the same colour as in the water tank, then the toilet is leaking.
Find the stop tap and turn it off. Once you’ve done this, check the meter to see if the dial is still moving. If it is moving, then the leak is on the supply line outside your home. If you have determined that the leak is outside your property, start looking for signs. Are there muddy patches, are there spots where the grass is growing better than in other parts of the lawn? If the answer is yes, then you need to call a professional plumber.