Fix a Leak: PSC offers easy repairs to save water and money

Posted at 2:23 AM, Mar 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-19 05:58:53-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida Public Service Commission urges you to check your household plumbing during EPA’s 10th annual Fix a Leak Week, March 19-25.

"Fix a Leak Week is a reminder to quit putting off those easy, do-it-yourself plumbing repairs," said PSC Chairman Art Graham. "Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, and it’s important that we each do our part to curb this needless waste.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average household leaks more than 10,000 gallons of water every year, with 10 percent of homes wasting 90 gallons or more per day.

The good news is that many leaks inside and outside homes are easy to fix and save not only valuable water supplies, but also money through lower utility bills.

Common types of residential leaks are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets and other leaking valves. Fixing these leaks often requires only a few tools and hardware, and can save about 10 percent on a water bill. DIY tools pay for themselves in water savings!

Here are some quick tips to identify leaks in your home:

Take a look at your water usage during a colder month, such as January or February. Leaks are indicated if a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month.

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 appears in the bowl after 10 minutes, 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.