Local Plumbers Share Advice During Fix A Leak Week. March 15-21, 2021

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The drip from your faucet or shower is more than just an annoying sound. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the average American household wastes more than 10,000 gallons a year. That’s enough water to wash 270 loads of laundry. 

Not only do leaks waste precious water and increase your bill, but left unchecked they could lead to water damage and expensive repairs. The EPA says fixing easily corrected household leaks can save you about 10% on water bills.

In recognition of Fix a Leak Week (March 15-21) the experts at Donley AC & Plumbing are sharing ways to handle the most common leaks.

Outdoors

Turn off 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 house near sidewalk) for movement. The meter should not move. If it does, you have a leak.

Home

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 fixture may also help.
3. Showerheads: Turn on and off and look for drips. Old and worn faucet washers and gaskets often cause leaks. The EPA says a showerhead leading at 10 drops per minute wastes more than 500 gallons a year.
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.

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

Ways to improve water efficiency inside your home:

1. Replace older toilets, showerheads and faucet aerators with WaterSense products.
2. Take shorter showers.
3. Turn off water when brushing your teeth.
4. Run full loads in dishwashers rather than hand washing.

About Donley AC & Plumbing

Since 1976, Jim and Mike Donley and their employees have been providing honest, caring service to Arizonans. Family-owned Donley AC & Plumbing 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

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