Leaking Taps and Toilets – Wasting More Than Just Water!

Drip, Drip, Drip! Do you think leaking taps and toilets is only a matter of that annoying dripping sound that keeps you up in the nights? Think again!

A single dripping tap can waste up to 20,000 litres of water in a year. Living on one of the driest continents in the world, we need to become more conscious about wasting this precious gift of nature. But that’s not the only reason why you should repair leaking taps and toilets in your home.

Let’s take a look at what else you are wasting by turning a blind eye to leaking taps and toilets and why they need to be repaired as soon as you notice them.


1. High Water Bills

Taps can leak because either they are not turned off well enough or they are over-tightened making them prone to wear and tear more quickly. You may experience leaking toilets due to cracked tanks, broken bowl, rusty pipes, wearing of wax seal at the base or a leaking valve

If you have started to notice a sudden spike in your water bills when your usage has remained consistent, you need to check your taps and toilets for possible leaks. A leak in the pipe behind the walls or in the yard might also result in rising water bills which can be detected through damp spots.

An easy way to check how much water are you losing to leaking taps and toilet or possible leaking pipes is to read the water meter when all the taps are turned off.


2. Damage to building foundations and other items

High water bills are not the only thing burning a hole in your pocket due to leaking taps and toilets! If left unattended, excess water can weaken the foundations of your building and further damage cupboards and floor around it. You might also begin to notice staining on your appliances and fixtures such as tapware, reducing the life of these items which are expensive to get replaced.


3. Jeopardising your family’s health

Your home becomes the favourite place of insects and pests, when you have standing water in the yard or near the toilet.

To avoid jeopardizing your family’s health and to keep your home clean, odour-free and hygienic, it is important to fix leaking taps and toilets as soon as you see them.


4. Danger to the environment

If it’s a hot water tap that is leaking, you are wasting more than just water and your money. The leaking tap is potentially responsible for the energy consumed to heat up that water and the gas emissions that entered the atmosphere as a result.

Thus, leaking hot water taps don’t only increase your water bills but may also increase your energy bills.



Leaking taps and toilets may not seem like a big issue at first glance, but not getting them fixed on time can result in waste of money, unnecessary inconvenience and expensive repairs down the road.

If you have noticed any water leaks in your home, feel free to give us a call to get them repaired right away. We are emergency plumbers in Sydney and serve the following suburbs: Northern shore, Northern beaches, Eastern suburbs, Hills district, Inner West, Western Sydney, Southern Sydney, Parramatta and surrounding suburbs.


Call us today for an obligation-free quote at 1300 663 468.

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