Monday, March 14, 2011

Fix a Leak Week

March 14th to 20th is Fix a Leak Week.

Did you know......The average American household wastes 10,000 gallons of water per year because of leaks and most of the leaks are easy to fix. So this week the challenge is to check your home for leaks and get them fixed. This will save money and water!

Leaks can be inside the home or outside (irrigation).  We usually talk about the outdoor water so for this blog we will look at the indoor leaks.  

Determine if there is a leak:
1a. Check your water meter - turn off all water fixtures inside and check the water meter. If the flow indicator is moving then there is a leak somewhere in or outside the home.  

1b. If you do not have a flow indicator on your water meter. Take a reading from the meter wait for two hours (without using water) and then take another reading.  If the number has gone up then there is a leak.

Pinpoint the leak:
1. Check the toilets - One leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons of water per day.  Here is a link on how to check your toilet for leaks.
2. Check the faucets and shower heads - The drip drip drip coming from the faucet may not just be annoying to listen to and it may be putting a pretty large dent in your wallet. Many times replacing worn o-rings is all that is required to stop that pesky drip drip drip.

Replace those which can not be fixed:
Some things are beyond repair so it is time to replace.  Make sure you are replacing them with the most efficient models on the market. In the long run this will save a lot of water and money. Miami-Dade Water and Sewer has a rebate program for both showerheads and toilets to help get you on the way to a more efficient home.

The EPA WaterSense program has lists of products that have been third party tested and certified. 

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