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Celebrate Fix a Leak Week and Fix 3 Common Plumbing Leaks

Posted On: March 19, 2015
Water Leak

March 16-22 is Fix a Leak Week! This week jump starts water conservation by bringing about awareness of potential water waste and ways for you to save money!

Annually more than 1 trillion gallons of water is leaked and wasted nationwide. Here at Genz-Ryan, we want to help you cut down your water costs, and here are a few simple tips to do that:

There are several easy ways to check for leaks and determine if your household is wasting water.

  • During a two-hour period, don’t use any water. Before and after this time take a water meter reading, if the meter number has changed at all you might have a leak somewhere.
  • During a colder month, if a family of four uses more than 12,000 gallons, there are serious leaks.

If after you check for leaks you find that your home is in fact leaking water, you can determine where the leak is coming from and perform a small plumbing repair by following these steps:

  1. Toilets Identify toilet leaks by opening the tank lid and putting a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tank. After waiting for about 30 minutes without flushing, check to see if any of the color has come into the toilet bowl. If the water is colored, you have a leak. Commonly, toilets have leaks because of worn out valve seals or toilet flappers. These parts are inexpensive and easily replaced.If you find that replacing your toilet’s valve seal doesn’t fix your leak, we recommend calling us, your Minneapolis area plumbing professionals.
  2. Faucets Check for bathroom and kitchen faucet leaks by looking for water dripping or on the surface of the pipe. Faucet washers and gaskets that need to be frequently replaced cause these leaks. This is another simple do-it-yourself leak fix.
  3. Showerheads Another common water leak comes from a loose connection between the showerhead and the pipe stem. This leak can be fixed by making sure the connection is tight and using pipe tape to secure it. Pipe tape is easy to apply and can help to fix most showerhead leaks.Additionally, check for leaks outdoors around the spigot and garden hose connection.

If you have followed all of these tips to fix your leaks but still find that your home is wasting water consult with a plumbing professional to increase your water efficiency and cut your monthly costs. If you live in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area, we hope you will give Genz-Ryan a call for your plumbing repair.

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