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You have work in the morning and all you want to do is sleep. But then you hear it. Drip. Drip. Drip. It’s the bathtub faucet steadily leaking and taking your money with it. Eventually you fall asleep and get used to the noise, letting the idea of getting it fixed fade into the background.

Of course this isn’t the worst problem your plumbing can face, but it can still lead to more time, effort, and money than you would like to spend. In a frequently used bathroom, you’re already battling germs and the persistent moisture can lead to mold and mildew, not to mention funky smells, discoloration, or hard water stains. The constant drip can also cause rusting, which if unnoticed or left unchecked can need more than just elbow grease to fix.

This can also happen in your kitchen sink, which is the last place you want extra bacteria when you’re trying to do dishes and get meals on the table. It’s also a good idea check over your outdoors faucets for less obvious leaks. You can do this by tying a plastic bag around the nozzle to catch any water and checking it the following day.

So aside from the work it takes to clean up after your leaky faucet, how much does it really cost you? After all, a little drip doesn’t seem like a big deal. One faucet can leak over 2,000 gallons a year! That’s $20 down the pipes and it could be more, depending on how fast your sink drips and how big each drop is.

Leaky faucets are like mosquitos – you can try to ignore them but they’ll always come back to bite you! So don’t let this little problem make your life any harder than it needs to be and get it taken care of.