Whether you like it or not, you may have a slow and steady leak in your home. Not only does this waste water, you’re paying extra money for water you’re not even using. It’s estimated that 10% of homes in the U.S. have leaks that waste as much as 90 gallons or more each day. Noticeable leaks, like finding a puddle of water under your refrigerator or a constantly dripping faucet, should be fixed right away. In fact, a faucet that leaks one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year. That’s enough water to take 180 showers!
Leaks inside your walls can damage drywall and encourage mold growth. (Want to see how damaging mold can be after a leak? Check out these mold removal fixes over at Green Home Solutions Long Island.) For serious leaks, consider hiring a professional plumber who knows how to fix a leak right at the source. Some leaks, like a constantly running toilet or dripping shower head, can be an easy DIY project. Here are some more tips for finding and fixing leaks around the home:
Stop leaks and save money
- On average, nearly 25% of your home’s indoor water use is in the bathroom and another 25% is from doing laundry. Curious to know where most of your water is being used in your home? Check out this interactive calculator from Home Water Works.
- If your toilet has a leak (constantly running noise), you could be wasting 200 gallons of water every day, the equivalent of flushing 50 times
- If your toilet was installed prior to 1995, you could be wasting 6 gallons of water per flush. Newer, WaterSense toilets use less than 2 gallons per flush.
- You can test for a leak in your toilet by placing several drops of food coloring into the tank. If you see that food coloring entering the toilet bowl then you know that you have a leak. You can easily replace the toilet flapper with an inexpensive toilet repair kit (like this one).
- Install an aerator in your faucet and you’ll save a lot of water as well as money. An aerator can save 700 gallons of water per year, that’s enough for 40 showers.
- Dishwasher built before 1994 waste 10 gallons more water per load cycle. Newer models use 5.5 gallons, that’s more efficient than washing dishes by hand.
- An average shower uses 17 gallons of water while an average bathtub uses 70 gallons. Try a low-flow shower head to save even more water while showering.
- The average U.S. household does 300 loads of laundry each year. Be sure to inspect your washing machine hose regularly. If this hose leaks, water can discharge at a rate of 500 gallons per hour.
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