March ushers in two of our favorite things here at Blind & Sons, Spring (of course) and Fix a Leak Week!
What better time to fix those annoying, not to mention expensive, leaks around your home than while you do your spring cleaning? Leaky faucets, showerheads and toilets waste more water than you might think and fixing them will cost you less than a weekend and a quick trip to your local hardware store.
According to WaterSense, an EPA Partnership Program, you stand to save up to 10,000 gallons of water a year if you banish those leaks around your home.
10,000 gallons of water is the equivalent of 270 loads of laundry or a 16 x 32 foot swimming pool filled to 4 feet deep, in case you were wondering.
In fact, taking the time to maintain the plumbing fixtures around your home could put up to 10% of your monthly water bills back into your pocket.
We hope you take the plunge (pun intended) and dive right in this weekend. We’ve even created a handy checklist to help you find and fix the three most common household leaks.
We think you will find the following repairs easy enough to complete on your own, but we are always happy to help. If you feel the least bit uncomfortable fixing leaks in your home, give us a call, and if you live in Northeastern Ohio, we’ll be right there!
Step One- Check Your Faucets.
A leaky faucet will cost you more than your sanity. At the rate of one drip per second, that ‘drip, drip, drip, drip’ coming from your bathroom or kitchen sink will add up to 3,000 gallons of water in a single year.
Fix that leaky faucet, and you’ve just earned yourself 180 showers for free.
Fixing your faucet is most likely as simple as replacing an old washer or gasket. There are many online tutorials to walk you through removing your old washer and replacing it with a new one. Just make sure to talk your old one with you to the hardware store.
Step Two- Tackle Your Toilet.
If you’ve noticed water collecting on the floor near the base of your toilet, you’re going to feel like tackling something. No one wants to deal with a leaky toilet. However, fixing it is often as easy as replacing a worn out flapper (aka valve seal.)
Fire up the internet again, select your favorite tutorial, and then head on down to your hardware store to purchase a new valve.
If you find your valve seal is not the problem, you may need to replace your toilet. We can save you the hassle and more water down the road by recommending several WaterSense models and installing it for you. Give us a call, and we will send one of our friendly Blind & Sons plumbers your way.
Step Three- Save Your Showers.
No one enjoys wasting things. Imagine how your leaky shower feels about throwing 500 gallons of water down the drain each year?
You can save your shower, and yourself the equivalent of 60 loads of dishes in your dishwasher by finding and fixing your shower leaks.
We recommend beginning by unscrewing your showerhead, adding a bit of pipe tape and tightening up your connection. If tightening the connection doesn’t fix your leak, the culprit may be your showerhead.
You can save yourself time and money by checking this theory before buying a new fixture.
If you have more than one shower in your home, simply swap your problem showerhead out with one that is working fine.
If replacing the showerhead doesn’t solve your problem, it is time to give your plumber a call. We hope you choose Blind & Sons!