# How much does a leaky faucet cost?

Let’s say your Tampa home has a leaky faucet in it. It’s just ten drips per minute, right? How much is that leaky faucet (or leaking shower head) costing you in water bills each month? Tampa leak detection experts weigh in on this question using a simple water drip calculation (found here).

Doing the math of the cost of a dripping faucet

The volume suggested by the USGS water drip calculator: .25 milliliter (ml) for every faucet or shower head. By these measures, the following is true:

One gallon = 15,140 drips makes up 1 gallon of water
One liter = 4,000 drips makes up 1 liter of water

If your Tampa home has one faucet leaking at a rate of ten drips per minute (very typical), that one faucet is wasting three liters of water per day. That’s 90 liters per month and 347 gallons of water per year.

Let’s say you have a leaky faucet and two leaky shower heads. If that’s the case, you’re wasting (on average) 10 liters of water per day and 1,041 gallons of water per year.

Got a fast drip going? A faucet or shower head that drips 60 drips per minute wastes 21 liters per day, or 5 gallons of water a day. That’s 2,082 gallons per year.

Pipe leaks, although less annoying or obvious, are much more serious and expensive than leaking faucets. On average, a pipe leak the size of the tip of a pencil will waste approximately 970 gallons in 24 hours at even low water pressure (this calculation is made using 40psi in water pressure; that water pressure level is low for homes in the Tampa Bay area).

You may not even notice a pipe leak if it’s located underground or in a space you can’t see. Make sure you keep an eye out for the following:

• A musty smell under sinks in cabinets (often an indication of a cracked hose, a small pipe leak, or a leak at the junction of a hose and pipe)
• Water in your yard or running down the street from near your yard
• High water bills
• Water stains in walls or ceilings

Water stains in ceilings are sometimes pipe leaks and sometimes problems with either the roof or the AC unit (if it’s in your attic). You may need to go up into the attic and use a flashlight to check around your AC unit, around your water heater, and around vents in the roof around fans and vents. If you’ve recently had your roof replaced or recently experienced high winds that could have affected your roof, it may be a problem with the flashing around vents and not a pipe leak at all.