Many home and business owners throughout Central Florida and Atlanta wonder why their water bill is so high? Whether it was a sudden spike or a steady increase, it should never be ignored! Wasting money and precious resources.
The most common reason of water loss is a hidden plumbing leak. Every building is susceptible to pinhole leaks that wreak havoc. Typically caused by pitting corrosion, causes damage behind the scenes. Making them very difficult for the homeowner to detect.
The water wasted in hidden water leaks really add up, not only in water, but also in repair costs. The water from even a slow drip can soak into insulation, drywall, and flooring. Mold quickly grows in this hot and humid environment, causing a host of health issues. Not just between walls, these hidden pipes can also be under concrete slabs, outside under the ground, and in the ceiling.
If you are an insurance professional, we encourage you to contact the Leak Doctor. We take pride in locating even the hardest to find water leak. Using the latest technology to detect leaks minimally invasively, saving insurance and homeowners thousands of dollars.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Sense program reveals some startling water leak statistics,
- The average family can waste 180 gallons per week, or 9,400 gallons of water annually, from household leaks. That’s equivalent to the amount of water needed to wash more than 300 loads of laundry.
- Household leaks can waste approximately nearly 900 billion gallons of water annually nationwide. That’s equal to the annual household water use of nearly 11 million homes.
- Running the dishwasher only when it’s full can eliminate one load of dishes per week and save the average family nearly 320 gallons of water annually.
- Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can save 8 gallons of water per day and, while shaving, can save 10 gallons of water per shave. Assuming you brush your teeth twice daily and shave 5 times per week, you could save nearly 5,700 gallons per year.
- Letting your faucet run for five minutes while washing dishes can waste 10 gallons of water and uses enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for 18 hours.
- Outdoor water use accounts for more than 30 percent of total household water use, on average, but can be as much as 60 percent of total household water use in arid regions.
- If the average sized lawn in the United States is watered for 20 minutes every day for 7 days, it’s like running the shower constantly for 4 days or taking more than 800 showers. That’s equivalent to the amount of water needed for the average family to take 1 year’s worth of showers.
- As much as 50 percent of the water we use outdoors is lost due to wind, evaporation, and runoff caused by inefficient irrigation methods and systems. A household with an automatic landscape irrigation system that isn’t properly maintained and operated can waste up to 25,000 gallons of water annually.
- When hiring a professional to install or audit your landscape irrigation system, be sure he or she is certified by a WaterSense labeled irrigation program. If the system is well managed, a household’s irrigation water use can be reduced by 15 percent, or nearly 7,600 gallons of water, annually. That’s the amount of water needed to take 480 showers.