Plumber Facts – Things You Might Not Know

Posted on Feb 4, 2017 in Our Blog

Plumber Facts – Things You Might Not Know
  • In a typical household, toilet flushing makes up 38% of all water-use in the home.
  • A low flush toilet can save you up to 18,000 gallons of water per year
  • A slight leak in the toilet (usually the flapper) will waste up to 15 gallons of water a day or 5,475 gallons a year.
  • A trickling faucet or showerhead can waste up to 100 gallons of water or more in a week (depending on the size of the drip).
  • If a drip from your faucet fills an eight-ounce glass in 15 minutes, it will waste 180 gallons per month and 2,160 gallons per year.
  • In a typical home, more than 9,000 gallons of water are wasted while running the faucet waiting for hot water, brushing your teeth or forgetting to turn the tap off right away. And, as much as 15% of your annual water heating costs can be wasted heating this extra 9,000 gallons.
  • Your water heater should be set to no hotter than 120 degrees to avoid the risk of burning your skin.
  • Approximately 1 in every 318 homes or buildings has some type of leak
  • A failure at 70 pounds of pressure can expel up to 650 gallons of water per hour. That’s what you could be faced with if your washing machine hose fails. Washing machine hoses are usually made of reinforced rubber, which can lose resiliency and burst as it gets older. It’s important to replace this hose every 3-5 years
  • Insulating your home’s pipes can reduce the amount of heat lost as your water travels from your heater to your faucet. You’ll run less water waiting for it to warm up and save money on your utility bills.
  • The average person will spend approximately 3 years on the toilet during their lifetime.


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