Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Leaky Faucet

Jul10 By Leak Detection Plumbing
Brunette woman checking faucet for leak

Do you have any leaky faucets in your home? You may be doing your best to ignore the constant dripping, but the ideal response is to repair the leak as soon as possible. Here’s why you should schedule a faucet repair with a reliable plumber sooner rather than later.

Stop the Annoying Dripping

The unrelenting drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet into the sink below may bug you during the day and even keep you up at night. If for no other reason, you should get the problem fixed as soon as you can to stop the annoying dripping.

Conserve Water

A slow drip from one faucet may not seem like much, but it adds up. Consider that, if three faucets drip at a rate of 20 drops per minute, you waste over five gallons of water per day. That’s 2,000 gallons per year! Across the country, household leaks waste one trillion gallons of water every year. Stop the waste by fixing your leaky faucets.

Lower Your Water Bills

While the environmental benefits should be reason enough to repair a faucet leak, also consider that wasting water weighs heavily on your utility bills. Using an extra 2,000 gallons of water a year could cause a noticeable increase in your monthly costs. Keep your bills manageable by fixing the leak as soon as you find it.

Preserve Household Items

If the leak is confined to the sink, you’ll likely only face wasted water and higher utility bills. However, if the faucet leaks into the under-sink cabinet below, you could have real damage on your hands.

Water is a highly destructive element. Any items you store beneath the sink, such as rolls of toilet paper or cardboard boxes of toiletries, could be ruined by even the slowest drip. If you ignore the leak, you’ll have no choice but to add the replacement cost to your list of losses.

Prevent Mold Growth

Mold spores are everywhere—all they need to start growing are the right conditions. The damp wooden floor of an under-sink cabinet fits the bill nicely. Mold can become established after ignoring a leaky faucet for just 24 to 48 hours. Eventually, the cabinet floor will degrade, as will your indoor air quality. Sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, sore throat, skin rashes, asthma attacks, and respiratory infections are all possible outcomes.

Avoid Pest Infestations

Ants, termites, and cockroaches are attracted to moisture. Ignoring a faucet leak could result in pesky bugs infiltrating your home in search of hydration.

Puget Sound Plumbing & Heating is pleased to offer faucet repair in the Seattle, WA area. We’ll present the most cost-effective solutions to stop the leak and all the problems it brings. If you would prefer, we can replace your outdated faucet with a stylish new one in the design of your choice. We have some of the most popular brands in stock, including Delta, Moen, Kohler, and many others. To schedule services, please call (206) 350-0079 or contact us online today.

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