Drips and leaks can be annoying but they’re not really urgent jobs are they? Well, they’re probably not likely to cause major damage in the short term but putting off fixing them could be wasting hundreds of litres of water every day. If you’re on a water meter those plumbing niggles will be costing you actual money but even if you’re not, there is a cost to the environment and it could be compromising the resilience of national water supplies, not to mention storing up bigger issues in the long term.
A recent survey by the Water Regulation Advisory Scheme (WRAS) discovered that 28% of British people would wait over a week to fix a dripping tap and 22% would wait over 4 days to fix a leaking toilet. (In our experience, it’s actually much longer than this). Those tiny drips add up and you’re probably losing a lot more water than you realise.
Just imagine the water being lost on a nationwide basis. It is estimated that around 400 million litres of water leaks from UK toilets EVERY DAY! Just fixing leaky loos alone could contribute 10% of the additional water capacity needed to cope with extreme drought in England by 2050.
There are a number of reasons why it’s always best to deal with plumbing problems sooner rather than later:
Julie Spinks, managing director of WRAS, said: “Four days might not seem like a very long time to wait before fixing a plumbing problem, but this level of delay can lead to huge water wastage, as well as potential damage to the home and increased bills. We all have a duty to use water more wisely and consider the impact we have on the environment. When a plumbing problem first arises, a quick call to a local approved plumber can not only give you peace of mind but also help ease the burden on the environment.”
If you have a dripping tap or leaking toilet that you’ve been meaning to get fixed for a while, now is the time to take action. We can help; you can call us on 0800 0326478 or send us a message to request a plumber – don’t delay!
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