(PHOENIX)– Did you know a faucet that leaks one drop per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons a year? Did you know a shower that leaks ten drops per minute wastes over 500 gallons a year? Minor leaks add up to nearly one trillion gallons of wasted water each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The average household leaks almost 10,000 gallons of water per year, which can increase your water bill ten percent. Plus, undetected leaks can damage floors and walls.
In recognition of the EPA’s Annual Fix A Leak Week (March 16-22) the experts at family-owned Donley Service Center are sharing ways to spot and handle the most common leaks in your home and business.
Turn off the water inside your house and make sure your irrigation system is not scheduled to turn on. Then, check your water meter (typically located in front of the house near the sidewalk) for movement. The meter should not move. If it does, you have a leak.
1. Toilet leaks: Place a few drops of food color into the bowl. Wait 10 minutes. If you see color, you have a leak. A worn-out flapper is the most common culprit. The inexpensive rubber parts can be quickly and easily replaced.
2. Faucet leaks: Listen for drips. Worn washers and gaskets frequently cause leaks. Tightening aerators or replacing fixtures may also help.
3. Showerheads: Turn on and off and look for drips. Old and worn faucet washers and gaskets often cause leaks.
4. Under the sink: Check for pooling water under pipes and rust around joints and edges.
5. Clothes washer: Pooling water could mean a supply line leak.
1. Throughout the building: Check for pooling water or rust under pipe connections and near floor drains. Look for signs of moisture and mold on walls, ceilings and floors.
2. Restrooms: Listen for running water and time flush cycles of toilets. Regularly inspect faucets for drips and replace worn parts.
3. Kitchens: Manual fill valves should close completely after the dishwasher tank is full. Inspect and repair valves and rinse nozzles. Turn off water to food disposal systems during idle periods. Train employees to manually scrape as much food waste as possible first. For all continuous flow equipment, shut down or use standby mode between uses.
4. Include leak detection information in regular staff training.
5. Post signs in restrooms, kitchens and other areas with contact information to encourage all employees to report leaks right away.
*Business tips courtesy EPA
Other signs you have a leak in your home or business:
1. High water bill
2. Mold and mildew-leaks often cause wet spots
3. Wet spots or discoloration on flooring
4. Damaged walls or bubbles in paint
About Donley Service Center
Since 1976, Jim and Mike Donley and their employees have been providing honest, caring service to Arizonans. Family-owned Donley Service Center has twice been honored with the Better Business Bureau’s Ethics Award. Donley technicians receive ongoing training to provide the most comprehensive service for air conditioning, plumbing, heating, sewer repair, maintenance management and solar hot water. www.donleyservice.com