Studies show that dripping faucets and leaking toilets account for as much as 15% of all indoor water use. A leaking toilet can waste more than 100 gallons of water each day. A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. If you can ' t fix a plumbing problem on your own, call a professional to take care of it.
- A good way to check for leaks is to examine your winter water usage. It ' s likely that a household has a serious leak if winter water use exceeds 2,000 gallons per month for each person in the home.
- Search for toilet leaks by placing 10-15 drops of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Be sure to flush immediately to avoid staining the tank.
- Leaky faucets can be reduced by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replacing them if necessary. If you are replacing a faucet, look for the WaterSense label .
- Most leaking showerheads can be fixed by ensuring a tight connection using pipe tape and a wrench. A showerhead leaking at 10 drips per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. That's enough water to wash 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher.
- If your toilet is leaking, the cause is most often a worn or faulty toilet flapper. Over time, this inexpensive rubber gasket decays, or minerals build up on it. It ' s usually best to replace the whole rubber flapper—a relatively easy, inexpensive do-it-yourself project that pays for itself in no time.
- Fix a Leak Week in March is designated to point out the importance of finding and repairing household leaks. Find out more about past and future events.
- An irrigation system should be checked each spring before use to make sure it was not damaged by frost or freezing. A system with pressure set at 60 pounds per square inch that has a leak 1/32nd of an inch in diameter (about the thickness of a dime) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month.
- Check your garden hose for leaks at its connection to the spigot. If it leaks while you run your hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench.