Ask a Plumber: Do I really need to worry about a dripping faucet?

It’s one of the most frequent questions we get, because to who hasn’t experienced this? You know the scenario: you’re lying in bed; the house is quiet… all of a sudden, you hear the sound of a dripping faucet. That telltale drip, drip, drip, sounds out, alerting you to a problem. There’s no denying it, the sound is definitely annoying, but is it really something you need to worry about? How important is it to repair?

Do I really need to worry about a dripping faucet?

It’s pretty important. It’s also usually a pretty simple fix too. Drippy faucets are an enormous water waste. Say your faucet drips every two seconds, that comes out to 43,200 drops a day. That about 2.85 gallons a day, and if you let it go for a whole year? You’re looking at a whopping 1,041 gallons of water! That’s a lot of H2O down the drain. But you can save money and resources by getting it taken care of today. Most do-it-yourselfers shouldn’t have too hard of time with this kind of project. With just a few supplies (like a new washer) and a couple of simple plumbing maneuvers, you’ll have a good-as-new faucet that’s drip free! But if you have an older, or more complicated system, or you’re just not sure where to start, the do-it-yourself route might not be for you. If that’s the case, you can call us to do it for you. After over forty years in the business, we’ve seen more than a few drippy faucets. Whether it’s an antique sink, or a modern appliance, there’s no job too big or small for our experienced staff. Give us a call and experience good, old-fashioned customer service from Curtis Plumbing.

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