Did You Know? A dripping faucet can waste 5 to 8 gallons of water a day in your home and a leaking toilet can waste even more! It’s a good idea to hunt down any drips during EPA’s Fix a Leak Week, March 20 through 26, 2017. Remember, though, you can find and fix leaks inside and outside your home to save valuable water and money all year long.
- Turn off everything that uses water both inside and outside your home. Read your water meter and wait 30 minutes. When the time is up, read your meter again. Did the numbers advance? If so, you have a leak somewhere. It could be a faulty toilet valve, a leaking faucet or hose connection, or even a water pipe to your home or irrigation system.
- Add a few drops of food coloring to the water in your toilet tank. Wait 15 minutes to see if the color begins to show up in the bowl, indicating a faulty valve.
- Check all faucets for drips and look inside cabinets in the kitchen and bath. Be sure to check outdoor hose connections at the valve and at any sprinkler or nozzle you have attached.
Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware – 10720 Kuykendahl Rd, 77381. A DIY demonstration area on Saturday, March 25 with staff to answer questions or give advice.
Lowe’s Home Improvement – 3052 College Park Dr, Conroe 77384. DIY clinics on parts, tools and instructions: Saturday, March 25, 10am (toilet repairs) and 2pm (faucets) and Sunday, March 26, 11am (faucets) and 3pm (toilets).