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Fix a Leak: Houston Plumbing Solutions

Posted by John Moore

Oct 12, 2011 10:09:00 PM

describe the imageDid you know that a home can waste, on average, 11,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks? Nationwide, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes each year. That’s why it is vitally important to check your plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks. Here’s how you can detect leaks:

  • Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.

  • Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl before you flush, you have a leak. (Be sure to flush immediately after the experiment to avoid staining the tank.)

  • Examine faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for any water on the outside of the pipe to check for surface leaks.

Common types of leaks found in the home are leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. Don’t forget outdoor faucets. A leaky outdoor faucet can be easy to miss – out of sight, out of mind. But even a small leak can quickly turn into a big bill, so make sure you fix it immediately. These types of leaks are easily correctable and can save gallons of water per day.

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Plumbing jobs can be challenging if you’re unsure how to tackle them. John Moore Services are here to handle all of your plumbing needs. We've proudly served Southeast Texas for more than 45 years and stand by all of our work! Give us a call, or schedule service online today. Our Houston plumbers will stop your leaky faucet or toilet and get things running smoothly again.

Topics: faucet repair, water conservation, Plumbing, plumbing repair, plumbing service, plumbing tips

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