A plumbing leak can cost you hundreds of dollars a year in wasted water. A simple toilet leak can use 50 extra gallons of water a day. Since many areas are concerned with water shortages, using some of these common sense tips can benefit us all.
- Check your water meter before and after a 2-hour period when water hasn’t been run in your home. If the reading isn’t exactly the same, you’ve got a leak.
- Place a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tank. If the color leaks into the bowl, replace the flapper.
- Get those dripping faucets repaired. Usually it’s a simple matter of replacing worn washers.
- Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket or ashtray.
- Install faucet aerators to slow the flow of water.
Practice these few tips and you’ll not only save water, you’ll save on your monthly water bill as well.