Facts About Leaky Faucets

Facts About Leaky Faucets

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Not only are leaky faucets absolutely annoying, they can lead to an expensive water bill if they aren’t fixed. The following facts about leaks will amaze you and put either fixing them or buying new faucets on your do-it-now list.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency:

  • The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, or the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry.
  • Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide. That’s equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes.
  • Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
  • Common types of leaks found in the home include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. All are easily correctable.
  • Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.
  • Keep your home leak-free by repairing dripping faucets, toilet flappers, and showerheads. In most cases, fixture replacement parts don’t require a major investment.
  • Most common leaks can be eliminated after retrofitting a household with new WaterSense labeled fixtures and other high-efficiency appliances.

Leaky Faucets and Showerheads:

  • A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water needed to take more than 180 showers!
  • Leaky faucets can be fixed by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replacing them if necessary. If you are replacing a faucet, look for the WaterSense label.
  • A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads in your dishwasher.
  • Most leaky showerheads can be fixed by ensuring a tight connection using pipe tape and a wrench. Again, look for a WaterSense label if you’re replacing a showerhead.

So, how do you know if you’ve got a leak? Well, first things first – examine your winter water usage. Anything over 12,000 gallons per month for a family of four has a serious leak problem, for example. Once you know that you do, in fact, have leaky faucets, you can then decide whether or not you want to attempt to fix it or purchase a new one.

While you can fix leaky faucets, upgrading to a new one might be a better choice, especially if you choose a model with a WaterSense label. Products with a WaterSense label are more water efficient and equally or better performing than their non-certified counterparts. This helps our planet, of course, but can also significantly reduce your water bill, especially as a replacement for a leaky faucet or showerhead.

Westside wholesale offers a diverse selection of faucets in a variety of different colors, styles, and price ranges. Our inventory includes a large assortment of faucets from the top brands on the market, including Moen, Delta, Sloan, InSinkErator, and more. Our prices are affordable and we offer many chances for our customers to save big through our free shipping policies, in addition to coupon codes and pallet pricing.

If you are unsure of whether to get a new faucet or fix your existing one, then ask your regular plumber if you have one. For assistance with purchasing a new faucet, contact one of our customer service representatives. They’re always available to answer any questions or concerns you might have, too – so don’t hesitate to contact Westside Wholesale!