Don’t Let Leaks in your Home Drip Money Away

leaks in home wasting money

If you have a leaky faucet, a hose that drips or a shower head that trickles, even when turned off, you could be wasting water, money and a very limited resource. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates in the average home, more than 10,000 gallons of water is wasted each year.[1] That’s water you are paying for. To help find and fix these leaks, the trusted professionals at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing MN offer these suggestions:

  • For leaky faucets and showerheads: make sure your washers and gaskets are tight. Replace them if they are worn with newer water efficient options.
  • The most common cause of a leaking toilet is often the inexpensive, rubber flapper. Check for wear and replace if needed. This can be an easy D-I-Y project but keep in mind, plumbers have professional grade products that can outlast store bought parts.
  • Inspect your irrigation system and garden hoses. The spigot where the hose is attached to your home is a common area for leaks. Tighten or replace the rubber hose washer. You can also use tape to seal the leaking area and gently tighten with a wrench. Watch for overtightening because you could also damage your plumbing with too much pressure.

Fixing leaks around your home can be simple and cost effective. If you ever need additional plumbing help, call a trusted plumbing professional. For more information on leaks and cost saving water measures, call your local Benjamin Franklin Plumbing.

[1] http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pubs/fixleak.html

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