Monday, October 30, 2017

Impact of Running Toilets & Leaky Faucets on the Utility Bill

Everyone has the familiar experience of settling in for a long night's sleep, only to hear the annoying recurring sound of a leaky faucet. Similarly, it's perfectly common to have a faulty toilet — one that, while it generally functions, may be leaky or operating less than perfectly. It may seem that the proper response is just to invest in a good set of earplugs to avoid bathroom renovations, but here's why it's a better idea to have these issues fixed with plumbing services to prevent racking up serious expenses.

Running Toilets

A wrench adjusting a water pipe in Sherwood Park, CA
Leaking toilets seem perfectly innocuous because many people might not even realize they're leaking. Instead of leaking out over the floor like other plumbing issues, leaking toilets can even seem to be functioning perfectly right. The only way to tell if a toilet is leaking is by lifting up the tank; if the water is constantly refilling, it means that the toilet is leaking.

Although it might not seem that this is a serious need for plumbing services, especially since it won't lead to water damage, the effects might be worse than many people think. In fact, a seriously leaking toilet can leak up to a gallon of water a minute.

Faucet Leaks

A leaking faucet likely won't result in a flooded bathroom or kitchen, and for most people, it seems that the main offender is the annoying dripping sound. In reality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that your everyday leaks may account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted per year.

On average, running water costs around a penny per gallon. Therefore, a leaky toilet's 1 gallon per minute rate alone can add up to $14 a day of money flowing down the drain.

Many plumbing problems like drainage or sewage issues require obvious plumbing services, but leaks can go unaddressed for years, resulting in huge amounts of water and money being wasted. In order to prevent these drips and drops from adding up, give Lonestone Renovations a call today at (780) 655-8402.

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