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Fix a Leak Week

A Trillion Gallons Wasted: Mr. Rooter and EPA Combat Common Household Leaks

With the weather across America reaching record lows this winter, your plumbing may be weeping - and not tears of joy. The harsh winter has caused thousands of homes to experience busted and leaking pipes, causing major damage. Besides damage from the freezing temperatures, there are already a huge number of leaks due to running toilets and dripping faucets. The amount of water wasted from pesky water leaks is a huge problem. The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Fix a Leak Week, celebrating its sixth anniversary, will be held March 17-23. Mr. Rooter® Plumbing will be participating by offering an online tool designed to help calculate the amount of water a home is wasting due to leaks that are not repaired in a timely manner. According to the EPA, untreated leaks can add up to more than 1 trillion gallons of wasted water per year, equaling more than the combined annual water usage of Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami. So what's a homeowner to do? Money and precious resources are on the line, but where can you start?

Tips and tools to help:

  • Check the homes water usage during winter months. If your usage exceeds 12,000 gallons a month, it is possible you have a leak.
  • If a faucet is leaking, replace the faucet washers and gaskets if they appear worn. Tighten loose showerheads.
  • Running toilets can waste more than 200 gallons of water a day. A simple method for checking for leaks is placing one to three drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. After 15 minutes, if the water in the bowl has changed color, you have a leak. Old flappers are often the cause of these leaks. Replace any flappers that have decayed or retained mineral build-ups to alleviate this problem.