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Drip, drip, drip… those are among the sounds you ought not to hear at home, especially when you know you’ve shut everything down for the day. Unfortunately, a leaking faucet is a common household problem that any homeowner can encounter at any time. Compounding to this fact, About.com Home writer Bob Formisano says that certain faucet designs like a two-handle cartridge faucet may be complicated to fix. These situations require the immediate services of an emergency plumber.
Leaky taps and their effects on water consumption can be a serious issue among Canadians. An Environment Canada study of water rates in ten developed countries identified Canada with the cheapest rates at $0.31 per cubic metre (as opposed to Germany’s at $2.16). At the same time, however, leaking water is tagged as a problem for energy wastage, considering that 40% of Ontario’s natural gas consumption is geared towards the processing and pipe delivery of water to utility subscribers.