According to WaterSense, an EPA partnership program, you can save up to 10,000 gallons of water each year by fixing the small leaks in your home. Are you wondering what you can do with 10,000 gallons worth of water? That is the equivalent of about 270 loads of laundry. That is pretty impressive. I am sure there are people out there that do not even do 270 loads of laundry in a year!
Attention DIYers, the two most common household leaks can be all yours to repair. You do not need to call us for these super simple repairs, unless of course things go wrong, then we will be happy to step in and fix the problem. Repairing leaks in your home can save you 10 percent on you water bill. Leaks that go on without the minor repairs needed to correct them waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water each year across the nation.
Leaky faucets are one of the most common unrepaired leaks in a home and they can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water a year, which adds up on your utility bills so it’s best just to repair it. Most of the time a leaky faucet can be repaired by simply replacing an old gasket or washer. If you are not sure what size you need, take the old one to a home repair store and have them match it for you. You can learn what steps to take next by watching a home repair video on this topic. Like everything, there are good ones and bad ones so try to find ones that explain the steps as simply as possible.
Leaky showerheads are another common household problem with a simple solution. Most of these leaks are caused by a loose connection that can be repaired by removing the showerhead, wrapping it with some pipe tape and then reattaching it. If this does not solve your problem, take a showerhead from another shower in your home and use it as a temporary replacement. If this solves the problem of your leaky shower, you now know that you need to replace your showerhead. If neither of these solutions works, it is time to call a plumber.
Carmine’s is always available to help you solve all your plumbing problems. If your own attempts at these repairs do not work out, please give us a call at 203-791-8089 before trying anything else.