June Thomas, Yarmouth Water District
Household plumbing leaks can waste huge amounts of water. According to the EPA, 10,000 gallons per household are year wasted due to plumbing leaks. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure or a costly water bill. Here are some tips to help find leaks and DIYs to fix them.
Faucets – One of the biggest offenders is your Faucet. Up to 3,000 gallons of water per year are wasted from a slow drip, as slow as one drip per second. For less than $20, you can purchase a faucet repair kit at your local hardware store. YouTube it at: How To Fix A Dripping or Leaky Faucet
Bathtubs and Showerheads – Does your showerhead or bathtubs drip? You may be over looking this common leak. Look up if you see water stains on the ceiling directly below the tubs, you could possibly have a leak from the pipes in the wall that feed the shower. The following web site is a great DIY site for finding and repairing hidden plumbing leaks. Find and Repair Hidden Plumbing Leaks
Toilets – Do you hear that? Some toilet leaks you will never hear. You may be losing hundreds of gallons of water and not realizing it. You can do several things to check a toilet leak. Replacing your supply line and shut-off valve connections for the toilet if you find moisture on the connections and valves. Check the flapper to see if the flapper is leaking, here is a simple test: Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Let it sit for 25 minutes. If the color leaks into the toilet bowl, then there is a leak. YouTube it at: How To Indicate A Leaking Toilet
Appliances – Did you ever think about the water heater, dishwasher, or washing machine might be a likely suspect? By sealing the threads on the inlet hoses with new gaskets and Teflon tape you can easily leak-proof these appliances. With the water heater, you will need to check both the inlet and outlet pipes for leaks. Do not forget the drain and pressure relief valves when you’re checking for leaks. This website will help Water Heater Leaking?
Outdoor Leaks – The fluctuation in temperatures can damage the outdoor hose connections and nozzles. You may need to repair your hoses and nozzles even though your outdoor fixtures did not freeze. By replacing the rubber gaskets in the connectors, you can easily repair the nozzles. Do you have an irrigation system and are you developing wet areas or low spot in your lawn? This could be a leak. Buried water lines develop leaks and you can sometimes locate these by listening to a water line or you may see an exposed section of pipe. This YouTube video may help: Finding leaks in your in-ground sprinkler system