Water leaks

 Water leaks

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Did you know?

  • Leaks can account for, on average, 10,000 gallons of water wasted in the home every year, which is enough to fill a backyard swimming pool.
  • The amount of water leaked from U.S. homes could exceed more than 1 trillion gallons per year. That's the equivalent of the annual water use of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami combined.
  • Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
  • Common types of leaks found in the home include leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. All are easily correctable.
  • Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners more than 10 percent on their water bills.
  • Keep your home leak-free by repairing dripping faucets, toilet valves, and showerheads. In most cases, fixture replacement parts don't require a major investment and can be installed by do-it-yourselfers.
​Size or type of leak Approximate gallons/month​ Approximate cost/month​
1/32-inch​ 6,100​ $35.63​
Silent leak​ 7,000​ $39.03​
1/16-inch leak​ 25,000​ $184.35​
Open toilet flap​ 86,400​ $819.73​
1/8-inch leak​ 98,000​ $939.78​

Simple fixes for water leaks

Being handy around the house doesn't have to be difficult. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are often easily correctable, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings. Visit the WaterSense site for easy water leak fixes.

Don't see a leak but have an unusually high bill?

You may have a leak and not know it. The best indication will be a large bill compared to past use. Check out our My Usage tool to compare current bills to past one. When in doubt, consider contacting a professional to check your lines.