Tracking down water leaks in your home could have a much bigger payoff than you might realize.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American family could be wasting more than 10,000 gallons of water annually — enough for 270 loads of laundry. Overall, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes each year.
Many of these leaks are surprisingly easy to fix, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can quickly pay for themselves in water savings. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves.
The first step to eliminating household water leaks is to determine if you have them at all! Then, you’ll need to identity the source. Here are some tips:
Toilets are common culprits when it comes to household water waste. Old, faulty flappers are often the source of a leaky toilet. Over time, flappers decay, and minerals build up. Flappers are relatively inexpensive rubber parts, so it’s usually best to replace them altogether. This simple, do-it-yourself project will pay for itself in no time.
Let’s move outdoors and look for ways to save water in your lawn and garden. There are several easy ways to increase efficiency outside the home:
If you suspect a leak somewhere in your home, but the solutions above aren’t enough to locate and eliminate then consult with a plumbing professional.
As national “Fix A Leak Week” draws near, be sure to arm yourself with these simple tips for saving water and money around the house.
Ronniea Tycer is the director of communications and customer care for Monarch Utilities, a subsidiary of SouthWest Water Company.