Household leaks result in 1 trillion gallons of water every year in the US, equivalent to the amount of water used in over 11 million homes. The average household can contain leaks that waste approximately 90 gallons of water each day, accounting for more than 10,000 gallons annually. Monitoring your plumbing system for leaks is simple, convenient, and only requires a few standard tools.
Tips for Finding Water Leaks in Your Home:
- Carefully inspect all pipe fittings and faucet gaskets throughout your home to see if any water leaks out of the pipes.
- Check your water usage during the winter. If you have a family of 4 and your usage shows 12,000 gallons per month or more, this can indicate you have a substantial leak.
- Block out a two-hour period of time where no water is used. Check your water meter before this period and then again afterward. Any change in your meter suggests a leak somewhere in your system.
- Place a single drop of any shade of food coloring in your toilet tank. If the water in the toilet bowl has any color, this reveals a leak in the toilet.
Over time, your toilet’s valve seal, also called a flapper, can sustain damage, decay, or accumulate mineral buildup that causes leaks. A replacement valve seal is inexpensive, and this fix is both quick and simple to do yourself. Visit your local hardware store and bring along your original valve seal to ensure you choose the appropriate one for the model of your toilet.
Washers and gaskets in faucets can become worn-out, resulting in water leaks. A slight leak may seem insignificant, but a faucet that drips even a single water drop per second can cause more than 3,000 gallons of wasted water every year.
Leaky showerheads can often be fixed by reinforcing the connection between the pipe stem and the showerhead with pipe tape, or Teflon tape. You can also replace the washer inside the showerhead for further security. Showerheads that drip between uses indicate a more complicated valve issue that requires inspection by a professional.Now that you know how to check for common water leaks in your home, you can easily remedy these issues and save a whopping ten percent on your water bill. If you have questions about a water leak or think you need professional assistance, call Mr. Rooter today at (858) 278-7600.