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Experiencing a problem with cash flow? Perhaps you should consider consulting a handyman plumber rather than your accountant. Neglecting to repair leaky pipes can be costly – and not just on your utility bill! Leaky faucets can drain your health as well as the environment.

Gallons of Water Costing You More than Gallons of Oil?

Daily Household Water Consumption-on Average

First let’s start by looking at the normal water consumption per household on a daily basis:

  • On average an ordinary shower uses approximately 2 gallons per minute, while a bathtub can hold 50 gallons or more.
  • Tooth brushing, hand washing and shaving can run about a gallon each per day.
  • A dishwasher needs 20 gallons per load, while a clothes washing machine averages 10 gallons.

You can do your own calculations to figure how much showers, clothes washings, and toilet flushing are costing you each month. Calculate your household’s average water consumption

Know the REAL Price You’re Paying:¬†Additional Costs and Hidden Fees

Another cost to consider is the damage the leak may do; water running down the drain is pennies wasted. In addition to higher utility bills, water leaking onto the floor or into the walls may cause thousands of dollars in additional damage and repair.

Besides being wasteful, faulty pipes allow pollutants to infiltrate your home’s water supply, while broken sewage pipes expel waste water into the environment.

How To Tell If You Have Leaks In Your Home Plumbing System

To check for leaks in your home, first determine whether you’re wasting water by comparing your previous water bills. The average four-person household should not consume more than 12,000 gallons of water a month. Keep in mind, typical water usage may differ from colder to warmer months. Once a leak is identified, you should have it repaired immediately -remember time is money!

You can fix many leaks by having a recommended plumber replace worn washers and gaskets as well as tighten shower-heads and repair toilet valves.

In addition, conserve water and if possible take tactics to reduce your home’s environmental footprint. For instance, next time don’t repair dishwashers in your home, consider replacing them with more efficient ones instead. Energy efficient appliances are an investment that will not only save money but resources in the long run.

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  1. For those of us in northern climes, a big cost (and headache) saver was an inexpensive alert that goes off if water activates it. We put it right next to our sump pump so if there’s flooding from a malfunction (hello frozen outtake pvc pipe!) it will go off and loud. Small price for piece of mind and being able to stop an problem before it gets too bad. Oh yea… and we’re saving up for the home automation stuff with the integrated sensors and text/email alerts!

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