Leaks are big deal because they waste water, our most precious resource, they can increase your water bill and they can cause water damage leading to expensive repairs.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (www.epa.gov):
- Homeowners can save 10% on their water bills by fixing leaks.
- 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 Gallons or more per day. That is 2,700 Gallons of water per month!
- Minor water leaks account for nearly 1 trillion Gallons of wasted water each year and is equal to annual household water use in nearly 11 million homes!
Leaky faucets, showerheads, and inefficient toilets not only cost financially, but also cost the environment dearly. A leaky faucet dripping at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 Gallons per year. It adds up quickly.
Using Pleco and taking other measures, we can drastically reduce the amount of water that is wasted. By catching leaks early, Pleco saves the homeowner and the local watershed.
Every year, a homeowner may spend an average of about $3,000 on repairs from water damage. Different kinds of water related damage are as follows:
Ceiling and roof drips, basement flooding, wet drywall, floor damage, leaky or burst pipes, and natural disasters (flooding, hurricane, etc.).
So, what can you do to avoid wasting perfectly good fresh water and costly repairs? Of course, certain things are outside the control of a home or business owner. Humanity has mastered many things but natural disasters have proved outside of our control. Focusing on what we can do, aside from using Pleco, do your own research and find contractors and plumbers in your area who will do preventative maintenance. Preventing damage is always easier and cheaper than cleaning up after the fact. Be sure to watch for areas of the house that could become extremely moist or humid as mold could follow.
Catching something as small as a leaky faucet or drippy appliance can save thousands of gallons of water.