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Interesting Statistics About Plumbing

The thought of having plumbing trouble puts deep fear into the heart of any homeowner. No matter how well homeowners maintain the plumbing systems in their homes, the need for calling a plumber is inevitable. Let’s look at plumbing statistics for 2022 to see just how many homeowners ran into plumbing trouble, and then we can look at other related statistics that relate to plumbing.

Overall Statistics

Before making a deep dive into the statistics, let’s have a look at the plumbing statistics in 2022 in a nutshell. So far this year, one out of every 10 homeowners has needed to call a plumber to mitigate plumbing troubles in their home. Research also shows that homeowners between the ages of 25 to 34 have needed the help of a plumber more than other age groups. Women have also been two times more likely to call a plumber than men. Now, it is time to take a deeper dive and have some fun.

Statistics About Water Leaks

Leaks are a small annoyance that can lead to some big problems such as wasted water, high water bills, and property damage. Water leaks from one household cause an average of 10,000 gallons of water to be wasted annually. Water leaks account for 1 trillion gallons of water being wasted nationwide. Water faucets are the most common places for leaks to occur; however, leaks can happen elsewhere, and therefore leak detection services are vital.

Silent leaks are the most threatening. Silent leaks are invisible, and homeowners will not know they are there until they have already caused property damage. Silent leaks occur inside of walls, under floors, in the ceilings and down in the home’s foundation.

Statistics About Piping in Homes

Common materials used for piping in American homes today are PVC, copper, ABS, and PEX. Cast iron is rarely used; however, cast iron piping can still be found in older homes. Polybutylene pipes are no longer used in home construction and for pipe replacement as they are prone to failure. Polybutylene pipes were installed in homes between the 1970s and 1990s; however, polybutylene pipes are fragile and have led to numerous cases of water damage across the country over the years. As a result, polybutylene pipes are no longer sold in the United States.

Statistics About Water Damage in Homes

Boulder, Colorado contends with more flooding incidences than any other place in the state due to the city’s geographic location and features. Though flooding from natural disasters is one of the causes of property damage, the leading cause of water damage in homes nationwide is bursting pipes. Winter is the most dangerous time of year as far as your pipes are concerned because this is when they are prone to bursting. When pipes freeze, they burst. Plumbing emergencies that cause water damage are more common than you might realize. It is estimated that 14,000 homeowners will need the help of a plumber each day to mitigate plumbing emergencies

If you need plumbing help, please do not hesitate to contact Flatirons Plumbing. We can perform an inspection and provide drain cleaning, sewer line replacement and repair, pipe installations, and so much more.