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Is a Leaky Faucet a Big Deal?

I’m sure you are familiar with the phrase, “a drop in the bucket.”  If you aren’t, the Cambridge Dictionary defines the phrase as:

something small and unimportant, esp. when compared with something else:

The thing is, when we are talking about actual drops of water, those drops in a bucket aren’t small or unimportant.  The drops, especially when coming from a leaky faucet, can really add up.

How much can they add up?  It’s easy for us to figure out by using a drip calculator, such as the free one provided by The USGS Water Science School.

For example:  Say, you have a faucet with a tiny leak that drips water about once per minute.  Seems like no big deal, right?  Or at least not something you need to worry about getting fixed right away.  Well, just that ONE faucet will end up dripping 34 gallons of water in the next year.  Suddenly that leaky faucet is finding its way further up on your to-do list, right? Now imagine having more than one faucet with a small leak–that number could be easily doubled or tripled.

Remember that leaky faucets aren’t the only way that water can be wasted.  Try to keep showers short and turn off the water while brushing your teeth.  All of these small steps can add up over time.

You can also check out this drip calculator from The American Water Works Association.

Not only will fixing leaky faucets, toilets, and shower heads conserve water and energy, it will also save you money on your water bill.  Contact FLAME to learn more about our residential plumbing services.

So, is it just a drop in the bucket?  Or, should we say, “it’s a whole drop in the bucket!”

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