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National Fix a Leak Week

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.

Causes of a Leaky Faucet

When you hear the word leaky faucet, what do you think of? Chances are those annoying dripping sounds. What you’re probably not thinking about is how much money is going down the drain the longer you let those noises continue.

But before you stop the drip, you need to know exactly what’s causing it. See below for some common causes of a leaky faucet you should look out for:

Broken Parts – Chances are this is the biggest reason your faucet is dripping. A washer inside the tap may need to be replaced and the seals inside compression faucets are likely to become damaged as they are under pressure to keep water from flowing.

Damaged Cartridge – The cartridge can wear after prolonged use. Good thing is this can easily be replaced as long as you have a matching cartridge that can fit the gap left by the original. Measure carefully both before and after removal.

Water Pressure – If your leak occurs at certain times of the day or during certain behaviors, your water pressure may be too high. This dropping isn’t serious but you may wish to reduce the force of your water pressure slightly to prevent future problems.

Busted Plumbing – A crack can develop in a pipe, which causes a leak to happen below the sink area. You will need to make an appointment to get your water pipes examined immediately.

The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year. In honor of National Fix a Leak week, we encourage everyone to check for leaks in their home to save water and money. 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.

Common Causes of a Leaky Toilet

#TipsTuesday – Did you know a leaky toilet is one of the most common reasons for water leaks in a home? In honor of National Fix A Leak Week we want to give some tips in spotting these water leaks so you can avoid them:

  1. Worn Washers or Bolts: This is what keeps the tank attached to the bowl and if any of these components falter, water may start leaking on the floor
  2. Corrosion: Impurities in the water, age, chemical reactions, or a combination of these can cause pipes or your toilet assembly to corrode. This is potentially the most physically damaging thing that could happen to your plumbing fixtures and pipes since it happens from within.
  3. Cracked Tank or Bowl: Should this happen to either area, you must replace it immediately. A cracked bowl especially can cause property damage and waste a lot of water.
  4. Improper Float: The float assembly consists of a large plastic ball attached to a long metal rod that floats in the tank of the toilet. When this stops working, you’ll hear the toilet running continuously which can cause it to overflow.
  5. Damaged Feed Line: This is the pipe or tube that supplies water to the toilet once you flush. A leak may develop if the connection becomes loose or worn out over time.

Read more on common reasons for a leaky toilet here ». If you discover you have a leaky toilet, contact your favorite repair expert at Patterson Plumbing and Heating today! A specialist will come by, diagnose the plumbing problem, make recommendations and prepare pricing by the job – not the hour – so there are no surprises.

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.

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.

World Plumbing Day & Fix a Leak Week Promo

This week we celebrated World Plumbing Day and next week we are looking forward to National Fix a Leak Week. In honor of these observances, Patterson Plumbing & Heating is running a special, limited time offer! Now – March 23rd, you can contact us for a FREE comprehensive plumbing inspection and leak search for your home!
Did you know household leaks can waste more than 1 TRILLION gallons of water annually nationwide? The harsh winter we’ve had doesn’t help. Many homes have experiences busted and leaking pipes due to the weather, causing major damage to both the home and the wallet.

So let us help you save. We encourage everyone to check all household fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks, or give us a call and let our experts give a thorough look over. Give us a call today for more information: 719-544-4922