It pays to pay attention to your plumbing because plumbing leaks cost you money, more than you can imagine. Our plumbing experts at Lakota Plumbing in Westminster warn that in addition to water damage from plumbing problems, you need to be careful about leaks causing mold and mildew.
Plumbing leaks can come from old pipes, high water pressure, cracked seals, and pipes freezing, among other causes. Even a small plumbing leak will also cost you money on the wasted water. So when you hear the drip, call Lakota Plumbing.
According to the EPA, a leak in a single American household can waste over 10,000 gallons of water each year, or up to 1 trillion gallons across all states. That’s a lot of wasted water and money, as well as a huge environmental problem for our country. Making a few easy plumbing fixes will ensure you’re not contributing to the problem, as well as save you up to 10 percent on your monthly water bill. And Lakota Plumbing in Westminster is here to help.
Leaks can come from a dripping faucet, appliances, a broken seal in a supply line, faulty toilet flappers, a busted sprinkler system, or even a pinhole leak in the plumbing behind your walls. You can visually inspect most of these areas for leaks. You can also take a look at your water meter when you know no one is using water and see if it still shows usage. According to the EPA, if you’re a family of four, you may have a serious leak if your winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month.
You can usually fix a leaking shower head by making sure there is a tight connection using pipe tape and a wrench. If this doesn’t work, you may have to replace it. Toilet leaks often come from an old, faulty toilet flapper that wears out or gets mineral build up on it. You can fix this by just replacing the whole rubber flapper. Again, a replacement might be necessary if the fix doesn’t affect your overall water usage numbers.
You should also have your sprinkler system checked to make sure Colorado’s freezing winter temperatures did not damage it. Your garden hose could also be a leaking culprit. See if it’s leaking at the spigot connection. If so, try replacing the washer and tighten the connection to the spigot with a wrench.
As for your toilet tank, here’s a quick test. If you put a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank and the color comes up in the bowl within 10 minutes without flushing, you know you have a leak. If you try this test, just be sure to flush soon after the test so you don’t stain the tank with the food coloring.
Also according to the EPA, a leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. That’s about 180 showers. If you have a leaky faucet, first try checking the washers and gaskets and replacing them if needed.
If you have a water leak and these DIY fixes aren’t solving your issue, call our experts at Lakota Plumbing in Westminster because plumbing leaks cost you money, more than you can imagine. We’ll get your leaks under control, help you conserve water and hopefully reduce your water bill each month. Contact us today for information.