osted on 5/22/2012
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As summer rolls around and the temperatures hit their peak, your water consumption will inevitably increase. For this reason, it is important to do everything you can to ensure that you are using water in the most efficient manner possible. Leaks from dripping faucets and running toilets can result in significant amounts of waste that are reflected in higher water bills. Here are a couple of reasons why you should have your plumbing checked for leaks as soon as possible:

• Wasted Water
Although a typical faucet leak might not look like much, the water can accumulate over time and result in substantial amounts of waste. Indeed, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, leaks result in over 10,000 gallons of wasted water in the home every year. This is enough water to fill an outdoor swimming pool. Not only is this waste bad for the environment, but it’s also bad for your wallet. When water is wasted, you still pay for it through your water bill.

• Water Damage
While faucet and toilet leaks are generally apparent to the naked eye, sometimes our homes suffer from hidden water leaks. Plumbing systems run all throughout the home. There are pipes behind the walls and underneath the floors. Sometimes, the integrity of these pipes is compromised, causing leaks. Unfortunately, because these pipes are not visible, it can be almost impossible to detect leaks. Over time, the leaking water can cause severe damage to the structure of your home. This can create the conditions necessary for mold growth, which poses a health risk to you and your family.

If you want to know more about water leaks in your home and how you can prevent them, call Arrow Plumbing, Inc. in Lake Bluff at (847) 549-9600. Having your home inspected for leaks before summer hits can protect your home from water damage and reduce your monthly bills.