In the heat of summer, air conditioning and energy efficiency are likely first and foremost in most homeowners’ minds. Yet, many homes contain a silent but significant source of waste in the form of leaky faucets and other water leaks. In order to decide whether your home might have such leaks, and what to do about them, it is important to understand the basics of water leaks.
A leaky faucet may not seem like a big problem, but it can result in over 3,000 gallons of water wasted annually. The average household wastes over 10,000 gallons of water per year, adding up to over 1 trillion gallons nation-wide. Yet, these leaks are easily corrected and doing so can save approximately a tenth of your water bill. The common leaks include leaky faucets, showerheads, toilets and other valves. Simply replacing certain parts may resolve the problem, but retrofitting your household with high-efficiency fixtures will eliminate most common leaks and help keep your home leak-free.
Detecting and Correcting Leaks
The best way to know whether you have a leak is to examine water usage in winter and compare it to averages for similar households. Then, set aside a two-hour period to not use any water, and check the water meter before and afterward; if the reading changes, your home probably has a leak. In terms of fixing leaks:
- For faucets, look for wear on washers and gaskets, and repair as needed.
- For showerheads, ensure a tight connection with a wrench and pipe tape, or replace with a high-efficiency fixture.
- For toilets, replace defective rubber toilet flappers, where minerals tend to build up, or replace the fixture with a high-efficiency model.
- For outdoor irrigation, check the spigot connection, replacing the hose washer and tightening loose connections. Inspect the hose each spring for damage due to freezing, and replace as needed.
Use these tips for finding and correcting minor water leaks in your home. For help with larger problems, choosing high-efficiency replacements, and more on conserving water in your Monmouth County home, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. today.
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