Household leaks can be huge water and money wasters. Every year, National Fix a Leak Week in March encourages residents and businesses to take some time to review their properties, inside and out, for leaks. Here are some tips from the EPA for finding leaks:
- Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.
- Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak. (Be sure to flush immediately after the experiment to avoid staining the tank.)
- Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for any water on the outside of the pipe to check for surface leaks.
- Follow this checklist to do a more thorough examination
At Camrosa, leaks are some of the most common reasons for high water bills. Periodic checks of your faucets, fixtures and pipes can save water and money.