Each year during the third week of March, is Fix a Leak Week. During this week homeowners should check their homes for leaks. Leaks cause almost one trillion gallons of water wasted each year in the United States. So by checking your home for leaks, you can not only save valuable water and money this week, but all year long!
When you fix leaks that are easily corrected, or even ones that you might need to call a professional plumber to come and fix, you can potentially save up to 10% on your utility bill each year! With the rising gas prices, this is a lot of money! Not to mention precious water savings.
To look for potential leaks, or to see if you have a leak you need to start by looking at your water bill. It’s helpful to look at it during the colder months when you’re not using as much water, this way you can gauge how much water a typical family of four uses. If you’re using more than 12,000 gallons of water per month, then there’s a problem and you should call a plumber as soon as possible.
The next thing to do is to look at your water meter when no one is home using water. Monitor it for a two hour time period. If the meter is changing at all, there is water leaking somewhere in the house.
Checking for faucet leaks is easy, and they often go unnoticed, or we just don’t pay attention. But if your sink is dripping, get it fixed. Dripping sinks add up to a lot of wasted water over the course of a year.
Finding a leaking toilet is as easy as dropping some food coloring in the tank and seeing if the color comes into the bowl.
Contact McDonough Plumbing if you have leaks in your home. We have been providing Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Venice, North Port, Englewood and other communities throughout Charlotte & South Sarasota Counties with plumbing services since 1947.