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Fix a Leak Week

Did you take advantage of Fix a Leak Week last month?  It’s a great opportunity to take charge of your plumbing and your water usage by making all those little repairs you’ve been putting off for the last year.  Leaks in households across America waste 1 trillion gallons of water annually, so it’s more important than you might think!  Companies nationwide are sharing information to let everyone know how they can participate.  You can be a part of Fix a Leak Week, too!

The first step is to inspect your home.  Look for faucets that leak, showerheads that drip, or toilets that run too long.  Often, small repairs like this can be fixed easily and are inexpensive.  Replacing rubber gaskets and toilet flappers, or simply tightening up the connection in the faucet, can make a remarkable difference.  Examine your monthly water bill and compare it to previous bills.  If there is a significant difference in your water usage, you’ll need to determine where that extra water is going.  Water pressure that is lower than normal can also be an indicator of a leak.  A fun way to check for a leak in the toilet is to put food coloring in the toilet tank.  If the food coloring shows up in the bowl within fifteen minutes (without flushing), you have a leak!  Don’t forget about your outdoor plumbing.  Inspect hose spigots and irrigation lines for cracks that may have been caused by improper winterization.

There may be some leaks that you won’t be able to find on your own.  A slow leak within the wall won’t be something that you’ll notice right away.  Unfortunately, these leaks could cause a great amount of damage to your home, ruining flooring and walls.  These problems are best handled by a professional, who can detect if there is a leak and determine where it is.  Your professional plumber can also set you up on a maintenance plan and inspect your water lines on a regular basis to help ensure these leaks are caught in a timely manner.

While Fix a Leak week is a wonderful time to take stock of your plumbing and determine any repairs that you may need to have done, you don’t have to wait for March to roll around to do it!  Fixing leaks immediately wills save you the most money and headache.  For any plumbing tasks that you need assistance with, leaks or otherwise, be sure to call A&W Plumbing!

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