The Effect Of Leaky Pipes On Your Water Bill

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The Effect Of Leaky Pipes On Your Water Bill

Kotz Heating, Cooling and Plumbing runs across leaky pipes all the time in Waterford, MI and Oxford, MI homes. The disturbing part is the homeowners who procrastinated about fixing the leaks because they didn’t think it was a big deal. Unfortunately, they are wrong. Even the smallest water leak can lead to much larger issues. Every bit of wasted water equals wasted money in higher water bills.

The Water Waste is Enormous

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates the typical household leak wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water every year. Also, according to the EPA an estimated 10% of homes have leaks wasting 90 or more gallons every day, adding up to the jaw dropping total of more than a trillion gallons of wasted water annually. 

Common Culprits

Just taking care of commonplace household leaks can save homeowners about 10% on their yearly water bill. This includes many leaks that are easily fixable:

  • Dripping valves
  • Dripping faucets
  • Worn toilet flappers

As minor as they seem, these can quickly add up to real money wasted. Listen, Kotz isn’t trying to tell you that you’re going to put your kids through college with the money you save on your water bill. But if you saw a $20 bill laying on the ground would you stop and pick it up? Of course you would, so why not make fixing those leaky pipes, valves, and faucets a priority?

Typically, the Fixes Are Easy

As the old saying goes, fixing most common leaks isn’t rocket science. A leaky faucet usually needs a new valve stem, washer, or O-ring. Most leaking toilets simply need a new flapper installed. HELPFUL HINT: Not sure if your toilet is leaking? Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait an hour. If you see colored water in the toilet bowl, you have a leak that needs to be fixed.

When to Call a Plumber

Without a doubt there are leaky pipes and other types of water leaks that demand the services of a professional plumber from Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. A water leak in a wall, ceiling, or under a concrete slab in your Waterford, MI or Oxford, MI home are beyond the skills of most do-it-yourselfers. So, if you have a leak repair you can’t or don’t want to tackle on your own or suspect you have a leak but can’t locate it, call Kotz now to schedule an appointment. For more great information like this be sure to like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.