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Mar 24

Fix a Leak Week

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 8:17 AM by Communications Department

The Newport News Waterworks Department has been celebrating “Fix A Leak Week,” a week that serves as an annual reminder to check your household plumbing fixtures for leaks. The Waterworks Department is sharing tips and information with residentsfix Leak_SC to assist them with fixing leaks to conserve water. The average household's leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year - enough to wash nearly ten months' worth of laundry! In fact, ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. To help prevent a waste of water in your home, read the following quick facts and easy tips to help make proper repairs.

How to find leaks
Common types of leaks found in the home include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and leaking showerheads. A good method to check for leaks is to examine your winter water use. It's likely that a family of four has a serious leak problem if their water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month. Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak. One way to find out if you have a toilet leak is to place a drop of food coloring in the tank. If the color shows up in the bowl within 15 minutes without flushing, you have a leak. (Make sure to flush immediately after this experiment to avoid staining the tank.)

How to fix them
Leaky faucets can be fixed by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replacing them if necessary. Most leaky showerheads can be fixed by ensuring a tight connection using pipe tape and a wrench. If your toilet is leaking, the culprit is often an old or faulty toilet flapper. It's usually best to replace the whole rubber flapper, which is a relatively easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself project. If you do need to replace the entire toilet, look for the WaterSense label.

For more tips visit the Newport News Waterworks Facebook page and AskHRGreen.org for more helpful tips.