Water leak Examples

Normal water use plus a hidden water pipe leak can quickly add up to excessive water bills!

Give us a call if you suspect a water leak. We can locate it using highly specialized technologies without digging or otherwise causing damage to your property.

Water Leak Statistics:

The following shows the amount of water that can be lost for various size leaks.

A dripping leak can easily consume:

15 gal. per day
450 gal. per month

A 1/32 in. leak consumes:
1/32nd inch leak can consume 264 gallons of water per day & 7,920 gallons per month
264 gal. per day
7,920 gal. per month

A 1/16 in. leak consumes:
1/16th inch leak can consume 943 gallons of water per day & 28,300 gallons per month
943 gal. per day
28,300 gal. per month / At 60psi, a 1/16″ hole leaks 74,000 gallons (9,850 cubic feet) in 3 months

A 1/8 in. leak consumes:
1/8th inch leak can consume 3,806 gallons of water per day & 114,200 gallons per month

3,806 gal. per day
114,200 gal. per month / At 60psi, a 1/8″ hole leaks 296,000 gallons (39,400 cubic feet) in 3 months

A 1/4 in. leak consumes:
1/4 inch leak can consume 15,226 gallons of water per day & 456,800 gallons per month

15,226 gal. per day
456,800 gal. per month / At 60 psi, a 1/4″ hole leaks 1,181,500 gallons (158,000cf) in 3 months

A 1/2 in. leak consumes:
1/2 inch leak can consume 60,900 gallons of water per day & 1,827,000 gallons per month

60,900 gal. per day
1,827,000 gal. per month

Common water Loss examples:

Leaking Toilet @1/2 GPM = 21,600 Gal/mo
Drip Irrigation @1 GPM = 43,200 Gal/mo
Watering Garden for 2 hours @ 5 GPM = 18,000 Gal/mo
Watering Garden for 2 hours @ 10 GPM = 36,000 Gal/mo
Unattended Water Hose 1 night @10 GPM = 5,400 Gal/mo
Broken Services Line 1 night @15 GPM = 8,100 Gal
1 day @15 GPM = 21,600 Gal
1 week @15 GPM = 151,200 Gal
1 month @ 15 GPM = 648,000 Gal
Stuck Ice Maker @ 2 GPM = 86,400 Gal/mo
Stuck Check Valve in Washing Machine – 30 minutes = 240 Gal
Stuck Float Valve in Watering Trough @ 5GPM = 216,000 Gal/mo

Typical Normal Water Uses:

1 Bath = 42 Gal
1 Shower = 17 Gal
Wash 1 Load of Clothes = 45 Gal
Flush Toilet = 3 Gal

Leaks can become even more expensive with regards to their impact on base sewer rates. Many cities will assess sewer rates based on metered water use. The premise is that water in equals water out (sewer). A hidden leak can greatly increase your base sewer fees.

Freely call me if you have questions or if you suspect there is a water pipe leak hiding somewhere beneath your property. I’d love to help you find it.

Sincerely,

Michael Fend
Simply Leak Detection
253.886.1400 – direct