Fix a Leak Week

March 15th marks the beginning of EPA's annual Fix a Leak Week.  Household leaks can waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each year homeowners are encouraged to check their homes and yards for leaks. Check out the tips below for catching leaks or visit the Fix a Leak Week page for more information.


  • Leaky faucets can be fixed by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear, and replacing them if necessary.
  • Leaky showerheads can be fixed by ensuring a tight connection using pipe tape and a wrench.
  • Silent toilet leaks can be found by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank. If color appears in the bowl within 10 minutes without flushing, you have a leak.
  • If your toilet is leaking, the cause is often a faulty toilet flapper. Over time, this inexpensive rubber part decays or minerals build-up. It’s usually best to replace the whole rubber flapper—a do-it-yourself project. Toilet flapper replacement kits can be found at home repair stores.


  • Check for broken sprinklers or nozzles spraying in the wrong direction.
  • Check your garden hose for leaks at its connection to the spigot. If it leaks while you run your hose, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer and ensure a tight connection to the spigot using pipe tape and a wrench.
Keep in mind – each fall/winter, your irrigation system can be adjusted for the change in seasons. If you’ve made this adjustment, now’s the time to change it back as you prepare for the longer days and warmer summer temperatures.