It’s Fix A Leak Week again (March 18-24), and Black Mountain Plumbing, Inc. supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s campaign Fix A Leak Week to brings awareness to homeowners to check plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for small leaks and other water waste that may be occurring within their homes.
Did you know that an American home can waste, on average, more than 10,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks?
Furthermore, a quarter-gallon per minute toilet leak can add over $100 per month to a residential water bill.
“One thing everybody can do is check their toilets” says Scott Ferrell of Black Mountain Plumbing Inc. ”A leaky toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons of water per day.”
To check for a toilet leak, place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank and wait for 15 minutes. If any color shows up in the bowl without flushing first, you have a leak. Leaky toilets are most often the result of an old or worn toilet flapper. The flapper is a rubber piece that opens up to let the water flow from the tank into the bowl when you pull down on the toilet handle. Over time, the flapper can build up minerals, or simply decay. Replacing them can be an easy fix, and parts can be found at most hardware stores.
Throughout the week Black Mountain Plumbing will be encouraging its customers to repair dripping faucets, running toilets, and leaky showerheads. “We will be offering some simple home repair tips to fix some common leaks found in the home on our blog site at sandiegoplumbingtips.com and on Facebook and Twitter” says Ferrell.
Black Mountain Plumbing Inc recommends using the following tips to help detect and repair leaks:
- Reduce faucet leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and, if necessary, replace the faucet with a WaterSense-labeled model.
- For a leaky garden hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench.
- Landscape irrigation systems should be checked each spring before use to make sure they were not damaged over the winter and checked monthly when in use.
Across California and the nation, household leaks waste more than one trillion gallons of water per year – enough to supply the water needs of Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles combined. Easily corrected household leaks can decrease homeowners’ water bills by 12 percent.
To help you save, Black Mountain Plumbing Inc is offering $59 whole house inspections til the end of the month. You can download a plumbing coupon to get the discount. This does not include any electronic inspection and there are conditions to the offer. Please call us at 858-536-4161 for more information.
If you’re looking for a professional Plumber and more about Fix A Leak Week then please call us today at (858-536-4161) or complete our online request form.
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