The High Price of Leaky Faucets

The most common plumbing problems in homes are; dripping faucets, leaky pipes, leaky hose bibs, running toilets, slow or clogged drains, low water pressure, water heater issues, and sump pump failure. While some of these seem more serious than others, each has consequences that, if not resolved, can lead to some major problems. We could go into detail on each of these plumbing problems, but let’s focus on the one that often gets ignored or overlooked – dripping faucets.

Faucets are some of the most frequently used appliances in your home. Continually being turned off and on, faucets are bound to wear out over time. Dripping faucets are very common, and as long as the constant dripping sound is not driving someone crazy, most people just ignore it because it doesn’t seem to be a serious threat or problem. Leaky faucets are not just an annoying inconvenience. We at Fairfield County Plumbers have seen our fair share of leaky faucets, and want to make others aware of just how much that dripping water is costing you.

Let’s do the math

A slow leak from a faucet (3 drops of water per minute) equates to roughly 157 gallons of wasted water in a year. Leaky faucets are one of the leading causes of wasted water in America. In fact, according to the EPA, household leaks can waste more than one trillion gallons of water annually nationwide. One trillion gallons! Each drip from a leaky faucet adds up, and not just in wasted water but also in wasted money on your water bill.

The average family pays around $70 per month for water. This amount is based on the average person using between 80 and 100 gallons of water per day. If a slow leak is roughly an extra 157 gallons of water in a year, imagine how much you are wasting with a faster leak. You are paying for all that wasted water. If you want to know just how much your dripping faucet is costing you, the American Water Works Association has developed a ‘Drip Calculator.’ Count the number of drips from your faucet for one minute. Then, go to and enter your number into the drip calculator. You will be shocked at just how much that leaky faucet is costing you.

What it’s costing you

Not only are you paying for the water that is dripping from your faucet, but constant leaking water can also cause damage to your plumbing fixtures. Dripping water can erode sinks and drain basins at a faster rate because there is no ‘dry time.’ Constant leaking water will wear away at your pipes, and will cause them to corrode. You will have to provide routine maintenance on your plumbing fixtures more often than normal if you have a dripping faucet.

If you have a leaky faucet that you just cannot seem to stop, Fairfield County Plumbers offers free consultations for your home. We are the highest rated plumbing professionals in the Tri-State area, serving Fairfield and New Haven County. Do not let the dripping water from your leaky faucet keep you up one more night; call Fairfield County Plumbers today to save you from wasting water and money.


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