Before you know it, a small plumbing leak can add up over time, costing you as much as $100 per year. Don’t send your money down the drain! Plumbing leaks can happen because of old and decaying pipes, constant high water pressure, cracked seals in your plumbing installations or a more abrupt event like your pipes freezing in the winter.

According to the EPA Water Sense Program, a leak in the average American household can waste over 10,000 gallons of water each year! That’s the equivalent of around 270 loads of laundry. Just making the easy fixes could save you up to 10 percent on your monthly water bill, the EPA estimates, but the nation’s homeowners have their work cut out for them: In total, residential plumbing leaks use up about 1 trillion gallons of water each year.

If you have a dripping faucet, it should be relatively easy to diagnose and repair, but more subtle leaks like a broken seal in a supply line, a slowly running toilet, a faulty irrigation system or a pinhole leak somewhere behind the walls could evade detection for months or years.

When looking for hidden plumbing leaks, check out all the accessible plumbing in your home – under the sink, behind the toilet, around the hot water heater and washing machine. Carefully inspect the supply lines for drips and keep an eye out for small puddles on the floor. Don’t forget to check on other appliances.

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