MN Plumbing Contractor | Make Plumbing Repairs On Fix A Leak Week

Fix-A-Leak Week, March 12-18, 2012

To encourage homeowners, renters, and property managers to check for and fix water plumbing leaks in their homes, WaterSense, an EPA Partnership Program, is promoting national Fix A Leak.

Fix a Leak Week is celebrated in March of each year as a time to remind Americans to check their household fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.

Fix-A-Leak Week, March 12-18, 2012 Is a Time To Make Simple Home Repairs!

In the United States, we are lucky to have easy access to some of the safest treated water in the world—just by turning on the tap.

We wake up in the morning, take a shower, brush our teeth, grab a cup of coffee and head out for the day. Water is an important part of our daily lives and we use it for a wide variety of purposes, but do we really understand how much we use?

The average American family of four uses roughly 400 gallons of water per day at home. Roughly 70 percent of this use occurs indoors. Nationally, outdoor water use accounts for 30 percent of household use yet can be much higher in drier parts of the country and in more water-intensive landscapes.

Check, Twist, Replace!

Easy-to-fix leaks in homes across the country add up to more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year in the United States, and could be adding 10 percent to your water bill. By taking a few simple steps to fix leaks before they turn into major problems, people can prevent property damage and save bundles of money.

March is a particularly good time to check for leaky toilets and faucets because lawn watering is not taking place.  Lawn watering creates spikes in water use that makes it difficult to spot increased water use resulting from a leak.  And that small drip can really add up!  A leaky toilet or faucet can cost you 10,000 a year or more in water loss.  To save money today and to save water for future generations, homeowners are encouraged to contact a licensed Minnesota contractor who can help “check, twist, and replace” as necessary.

A shower leaking just 10 drips per minute wastes 500 gallons of water per year. That’s enough water to run your dishwasher every day for two months!

A shower leaking just 10 drips per minute wastes 500 gallons of water per year. That’s enough water to run your dishwasher every day for two months!

Check for leaks. The contractor will look for dripping faucets, showerheads, and fixture connections. They’ll also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if it appears in the bowl before you flush.

If necessary, the plumbing contractor can twist and tighten pipe connections. To save more water without a noticeable difference in flow, the plumber may recommend a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator.

The plumbing contractor can also replace the fixture if necessary. In most cases, repairs and replacements pay for themselves quickly. The contractor may recommend WaterSense labeled models, which are independently tested and certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

So when the faucet is leaking, or the drain is clogged, or the water heater is not producing hot water, making repairs now will save you big bucks not only water, but future plumbing repairs. Contact a Minnesota Plumber who can give you more expert tips on keeping the plumbing in your home running smoothly and efficiently!

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