The easiest way to find out if your house has leaks is to check your water meter. Note the reading and 2 hours later, after no water was used, recheck the water meter reading. If it’s not showing the exact same reading you probably have a leak. Now you just need to find it. Two common leaks occur in the bathroom and can be fixed quite inexpensively. While the third relates to any faucet in your home including the kitchen sink, laundry room sink and garage sink. Dripping showerheads, leaking toilet flappers and dripping faucets are easy to fix. Inexpensive parts don’t require a huge investment and if you are a handy do-it-yourselfer you’ll be saving up to 10% on your monthly water bill.
Common Leak Source: Showerhead
A leaking showerhead can waste 500 gallons of water a year by dripping only 10 drops a minute. That might not seem like much, but it’s as if you ran your dishwasher an extra 60 loads – more than once a week! If your showerhead is leakingit can usually be fixed by tightening the connection. A little pipe tape and a wrench is all you need.
Time to upgrade your showerhead? Choose a low flow showerhead that incorporates air into the water flow.
Common Leak Source: Toilet
Is your toilet running?
Then you better go catch it.
We know. Corny joke. Did you know that a toilet that is constantly running can waste more than 200 gallons of water every day? That’s 6000 gallons a month added to your water bill. Thankfully it’s usually a pretty common leak due to an old or faulty toilet flapper. Older toilet flappers become faulty as the rubber begins to decay over time and collects mineral deposits. It’s best to replace the entire inexpensive rubber flapper. You’ll want to find our if your toilet is leaking.
Time to upgrade your toilet? Choose an efficient WaterSense labeled toilet.
Want to splurge? Invest in a dual flush toilet to save even more money on your water bill.
Common Leak Source: Faucet
No one likes a leaky faucet. That annoying “…drip…drip…drip…” sound is enough to drive some people a little crazy. But many people won’t take the time to fix it because they think they need to hire an expensive plumber. Most faucet leaks are actually easy to fix with just a little if your time. Check the washers and gaskets to see if they need to be replaced. It’s usually that simple. And the small parts aren’t expensive. Worn faucet gaskets and washers are usually to blame for that leaky faucet. And a faucet that leaks just a drop of water every second adds up to over 3,000 gallons per year.
Time to upgrade your faucet? Choose a WaterSense labeled model.
Go an extra step and install an aerator to add air to your water flow. You’ll be using less water and probably won’t miss it. These are the three typical culprits to wasting water through leakage. A dripping faucet, leaky toilet flapped and loose showerhead could be costing you more money on your water bill without you even realizing it. And you just learned how to fix them yourself for little money. A hands on approach and the cost of parts will pay for themselves in no time. So go check that water meter and see if you have a leak.