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How to Prevent the High Cost of a Small Water Leak

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

running faucet A small water leak can lead to big problems if it’s not addressed immediately.

A small water leak can lead to big problems if it’s not addressed immediately. These leaks can add up over time, meaning you’ll pay more in the long run than you would if you were to address the issue as soon as it occurs.

What is a small water leak?

While it might not seem like much at first, water damage can quickly escalate into significant issues if left untreated. Consider, for example, what happens when one of your home’s windows sustains a small crack—or let’s say you have a leaky faucet. You might notice some water damage on an adjacent wall or flooring in your bathroom or kitchen. But consider how many hours, days, and weeks that small leak occurred before you found it.

When do I need to call my plumber?

A small water leak can add about $40-$50 to your monthly utility bill. To make sure that you know when it’s time to call your plumber, read these three signs that you have a leak in your pipes: (1) one room in your house is consistently much colder than others; (2) water pressure has changed; and (3) there are wet spots on your ceilings or floors.

Not all leaks are easy to detect

Sometimes, you have no idea you have even lost water! But if your home or office has suffered from an undetected leak, you could be paying up to 10 times more on your water bill than you should. This is because leaks take time to register—and by then, it’s too late.

Once you’ve addressed your small leaks, take preventive measures

Tighten your faucets, replace any worn washers in faucets and showerheads, and turn off all taps when you’re not using them. Consider installing water-saving showerheads or aerators on faucets. Running full loads only when they’re filled up will also help reduce your water use.

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