How Much Water Does a Leak Waste Anyway?
Obviously, we can state with perfect accuracy the amount of water one leak might waste, as not all leaks are created equal. For this post, however, I will demonstrate that even a small leak can be detrimental to the house and to the pocketbook.
Let's take one of the smallest noticeable leaks, one milliliter (1 ml/sec) a second. That's 1/30th of an ounce or about 1/6th of a teaspoon every second.
Simple math will tell you that in 1000 seconds you have a liter or a quarter of a gallon. This doesn't seem like a lot until you realize that the clock never stops. Essentially you will have one gallon of water in just over an hour. That's 86.4 liters or 22.8 gallons every day. Just for a small leak!
Unfortunately, most leaks aren't that small. The average size leak our technicians are dispatched for range into the 150 ml/sec rate. That leads to over 300 gallons a day of lost water. Enough water to fill a pool a month. This, of course, represents a standard non-catastrophic leak. So much money is lost, and this doesn't even count the damage being done to a slab, drywall, or personal possessions.
What's worst is that most clients have multiple small leaks. Once a pipe has shown signs of wear through age, then it will start to resemble a colander more than a water channel.
So if you see your water bill going up every month with no other discernable explanation, you may want to get your pipes inspected for a leak.