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Fix-A-Leak Week Begins Monday

Patterson Plumbing Leaks

Did you know, household leaks can account for more than 1 trillion gallons of wasted water annually nationwide? Next week starts WaterSense’s annual Fix-A-Leak Week and we encourage you to help hunt down the drips in your home.

Many leaks are easily correctable and once fixed can save homeowners money on their water bills. To check for leaks in your home, you first must determine whether you’re wasting water:

  • Look at your water usage from January and February, if a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month – there are some serious leaks.
  • Decide on a time to not use water in your home. Check your water meter before and after a two hour period of no water use, if the meter has changed – you probably have a leak.
  • To identify a toilet leak, place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color seeps into the bowl after 15 minutes, you have a leak. *Flush immediately after this experiment as to not have a color stained tank!
  • Check for surface leaks on the outside of pip fittings and faucet gaskets.

For tips on fixing leaks found in your toilets, faucets, shower heads or outdoors, head over to EPA’s website or give the experts at Patterson Plumbing & Heating a call. A specialist will come by, diagnose the problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises.

Finding a Leak in Your Home

Being handy around the house doesn’t have to be complicated. You can do your part by simply checking your home for common leaks. Not fixing these problems in a timely fashion not only can affect your home but your wallet as well.

In preparation for National Fix a Leak Week (March 17th – 23rd) we want to encourage everyone to check for leaks in their homes to save water and money.  Not sure how? See below and get started:

Check Pressure on the Hot Water Tanks – Spotting these kinds of leaks may not be visible. If you hear a hissing sound (which normally happens from a leak) it may be time to give us a call!

Leaky Toilet – Remove the top of the tank and listen closely for any hissing noise. If nothing is noticeable, try dropping food coloring into the tank (not the bowl). If color is found in the bowl minutes later, it means you have a leak in the flapper.

Check the Meter Line – Shut-off the valve and watch the dial on the top of the meter to see if it’s turning. If turning, the leak may be between the meter and the house. Look for obvious signs such as soft muddy areas, greener grass, or higher grown grass, and then give your plumber a call.

Locate the Hose Bibs – When located, take a screwdriver and put the metal tip on the hose-bib. Place your thumb on top of the screwdriver and move your ear next to your thumb. The screwdriver should work like a stethoscope. There might be a loud noise that comes out, if so you have located the problem. If no sound, go into your house and follow the same process to you faucet, shower valves, washer and hot water heater.

Other Leaks to Check For – Test out hoses, taps, drip irrigation systems, shower head and swimming pool for any leaks.

Can’t Recognize the Problem? – Not all leaks can be found, it’s always safe to get Patterson Plumbing & Heating’s option in case you missed something!  Give us a call at 719-544-4922 to take advantage of our promotion for a FREE comprehensive plumbing inspection and leak search for homeowners.