Do You Have a Leaking Shower Head? | It Could Cost You
17% of all indoor water use, in a home, is reserved to showers. If you have leaking shower head, you are literally putting money down the drain.
Most Western New York homeowners don’t think about their shower head, until there is an issue with it. We usually just hop in the shower, turn on the water, and allow it to flow out. If you have a shower head that is leaking, it can not only being irritating, it could be costing you a lot of money. Let’s take a deeper look at just how much that dribble could be costing you and what could be causing it.
How Much can a Leaking Shower Head Cost You?
Your bathroom is one of the most used areas of your home. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 17% of all indoor water use, in a home, is reserved to showers. If you have leaking shower head, you are literally putting money down the drain. Think about it, if the average household uses almost 20% of their water usage in the shower, if yours is dripping water when it shouldn’t be, your water usage will be much higher.
To put it in perspective, a shower head leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That’s the amount of water it takes to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher (EPA).
What is Causing my Leaking Shower Head?
Every home, shower, and shower head is different. Below we review some of the most common reasons your shower head may be trickling when it shouldn’t be.
– Age: If you can’t remember the last time you replaced your shower head, its age may be the cause of your issue. There is really no set time frame to replace your shower head, as it depends on what model/type you have, how often it is used, if you have hard or soft water, etc. Some experts suggest that shower heads should be replaced every six to eight months; while others say they are good for over 10 years. You be the judge.
– Buildup and Grim: If your shower head is leaking, it could be a simple fix, and it just needs cleaned. Dirt, grim, hard water, or lime scale can build up on your shower head over time, affecting the water flow, and causing blockages and leaks. If there is an extreme obstruction, it can cause plumbing to burst, as water and pressure cannot escape as intended.
– Seal Issues: The washers or O-rings in your shower act as a watertight seal between connections on your shower head. These seals prevent water from escaping from areas it shouldn’t. With time, these components wear, and can harden or split. If this happens, water can leak out.
– Faucet Problems: Showers may have a variety of different faucet types; however, all of them could face issues that cause a leaking shower head. If your faucet is loose or there are failing parts in it (such as the valve), water can stay at a constant trickle, even when off. Be sure not to over tighten your faucet, as it could create a much larger issue for you.
If you have a leaking shower head, you should not leave it unresolved, as it could be costing you, and causing larger water issues throughout your Western New York home.
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