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4 Little Known Facts About Water Leaks

According to the EPA, roughly 11 million homes experience water leaks every year. While some of these leaks are significant and easily detected, others are hidden within the walls, floors, and even ceilings of your home. The team of plumbers at Leak1 has seen virtually every type of water leak and understands how serious leaks can be.

How Many Gallons?!

It is estimated that roughly 11 trillion gallons of water are wasted every year due to water leaks in the United States. To better understand how staggering that number is, consider that 11 trillion gallons of water are enough to meet the needs of approximately 11 million homes.

Misplaced Water

According to a study published by the EPA, the average U.S. household loses around 10,000 gallons of water every year to water leaks. Unfortunately, many of these water leaks go undetected until they create major problems within a home. Approximately 10,000 gallons of water is enough to do roughly 270 loads of laundry, meaning that this wasted water could be better used elsewhere. In Miami, it’s estimated that the average household does seven loads of laundry per week. This means that you may be losing enough water to do your laundry for 38 weeks!

More Than a Mess

Most people understand that a water leak can lead to puddles of water on their floors, but the damage caused by an untreated water leak can go far beyond something that can be fixed with a mop. If any of your home’s waterlines run through the walls, you may be facing significant structural damage. When water pours onto the studs inside your walls, bacterial growth can form, leading to major health problems. It can also ruin drywall and compromise the overall structural integrity of your beautiful Florida home.

Little Leaks, Big Problems

Finally, it’s important to understand that most water leaks aren’t the result of a busted water line that sprays water across the room. If that were the case, water leaks would be easily seen and the need for leak detection would be minimal. However, most water leaks are the result of dripping faucets, faulty toilet flappers, and worn shower heads. While it’s easy to ignore these seemingly small leaks, it doesn’t take long for their impact to become evident in your monthly water bills.

Leak Detection and Repair

If you suspect a water leak in your home, it’s a good idea to bring in a professional who has the knowledge to find the leak and access to the tools that are necessary to detect it and repair it. Call the team at Leak1 of Miami today to find out more about our leak detection services and learn how we can restore plumbing efficiency to your Florida home.

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