Drip…drip…drip…drip…that leaky faucet in your kitchen disturbs your meditation. Or is it the one in the bathroom, you trying to fall asleep and all night…drip…drip…drip…drip…? Is your Byron home in need of plumbing contractors to address those annoying leaks.

What may seem only a small inconvenience that you can let occur over time—something you will get to eventually—that constant leaking pools, increasing your water bill as gallons and gallons of accumulated water leakage run down the drain, much like the extra dollars you give to the water company every month, simply by not addressing the problem.

Sometimes you can fix the issue yourself by replacing the faucet, or even by dismantling it, switching out bad or old parts, putting it back together and hoping for the best. In many instances you likely will need the help of plumbing contractors, who can certainly handle the faucet itself in the case of a repair or replacement. Frequently the issue lies beyond the faucet itself, plumbing contractors will come in to pinpoint where the problem exists.

Water flowing into your home is under pressure that allows it to travel your pipes. As you turn your tap off, rubber or silicone-based washers form a water-tight seal to stop additional water from coming in via the pipes and subsequently your faucet. As the years pass, washers stiffen, rip or altogether extricate, making it so tiny trickles of water make it out, landing in your sink. You can swap out washers on your own, but the task may call for specialized tools of the trade. If substantial time has passed, establishing a long and storied tap-leak history, plumbing contractors may be required. A damaged or rotten valve seat would be a simple example of a job that could require outside help.

See below for facts on leaks, leak detection and faucet leaks as provided by the EPA:

The Facts on Leaks:

  • An average household’s leaks can waste 10,000 gallons of water yearly
  • Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide
  • 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.
  • Fixing household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills

Leak Detection:

  • Study winter water usage-if a family of four’s winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month, it is likely your leakage is serious
  • Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used—if the meter does not read exactly the same, a leak is likely


  • A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year
  • As a first step to repair a leaky tap, check and change out faucet washers and gaskets

As plumbing contractors serving Byron and surrounding communities, Gander Plumbing can address emergencies, repairs and installations. Contact us or call Gander Plumbing at 507-282-7540. You may also set up a free estimate or schedule your appointment. We are available to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Help is always just a phone call away!