The Problem with Leaking Taps
Lost sleep is the least of your worries
If you’ve ever been blighted by a leaking tap, you’ll understand the annoying sound of dripping and the lost sleep it can cause. But that is the least of your worries. That annoying drip could be costing you a whole pile of cash.
- A tap that is leaking could lose 70,000 litres of water in a year!
- That’s enough for 2,000 five minute showers!
- It’s the water you would use if you flush your toilet more than 4,400 times!
If you suddenly find your water costs rising, it could be that you’ve got a leaking tap doing the damage.
If the tap that is leaking is your hot water tap, then it won’t only be your water bills that are rising: your gas or electric bills will increase, too, as the lost water causes the need to replace and reheat.
Many people think that fixing a leaking tap is easy. The first thing you need to do is discover what is causing the leak. The most common problem will be with the tap washer, but it may also be from the spout where it screws into the head, or around the body washer. If you attempt to fix the leak yourself, you’ll need to make sure you use the right tools for the job to get it done properly.
It’s a misconception how easy it is to fix a leaking tap, and doing so incorrectly can lead to flooding, damaged tiles and even pipes under sinks or hidden behind walls. Before you know it, that $3 washer repair can end up costing hundreds of dollars.
While the cost to you is important, the wider environmental cost shouldn’t be ignored. Water is a commodity in short supply in Brisbane. With over 800,000 dwellings in Brisbane, if just 5% of homes were to suffer a leaking tap for a single year enough water to fill 320 Olympic sized swimming pools would be lost.
The real cost of a leaking tap
It’s not just sleep you’ll lose if you let that leaking tap drip on and on. It will end up costing you, and the wider community, thousands of dollars. Making the repair yourself could cause further damage and add on even more costs that you hadn’t planned for.
If you’ve got a leaking tap, then call RTL Plumbing now on 1300 000 RTL (785). Being a local, family run business, with 65 years of satisfied customers behind us, you’ll find our engineers fast to respond and keen to help.
Our services cover Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and the surrounding areas.
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