DES Encourages Homeowners to Fix Leaking Water Connections During “Fix a Leak Week,” March 15 - 21, 2010
Concord, NH – Did you know the average home loses almost 10,000 gallons of water per year through leaks – enough to fill a backyard swimming pool? That’s why the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is participating in “Fix a Leak Week,” March 15 to 21, 2010, and we encourage you to join us. Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program, this week is an opportunity to improve the water efficiency of your home by checking for and fixing leaks.
Many leaks may be easily repaired with limited tools and are within the capabilities of the average homeowner. Here’s how to identify and address some common leaks around your home.
Faucets: Stop ignoring that drip. A leaky faucet can waste more than 3,100 gallons per year. Old and worn out washers and gaskets are usually the culprit. Tutorials are likely available online for your style of faucet. If the repairs are beyond your comfort zone, call in a plumber or handyman.
Toilets: Often times toilets will leak due to a worn out valve seal or “flapper.” Flappers are made of inexpensive rubber and may decay with time, not allowing a proper seal. Place a drop or two of food coloring in the toilet tank. If dye shows up in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak.
Irrigation System: If you have an in-ground irrigation system, now is the time to check to make sure it wasn’t damaged over the winter. Consider hiring a WaterSense irrigation partner to check it for you and ensure proper operation. These professionals have passed a certification program focused on maximizing the efficiency of irrigation systems. There are many WaterSense certified professionals in New Hampshire. A list may be found at www.epa.gov/WaterSense/meet_our_partners.html.
Garden Hose: Check the connection between the garden hose and spigot for leaks. If a leak is present when the hose is running, replace the hose washer and securely reconnect the hose to the spigot with pipe tape and a wrench.As a WaterSense partner concerned with protecting New Hampshire’s water resources, the Department of Environmental Services can help you learn more. Visit our website at www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/water_conservation/index.htm, or contact us at (603) 271-6685.
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