Fix a Leak Week
INDOOR WATER-SAVING TIPS:
- 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.
OUTDOOR WATER-SAVING TIPS:
- 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.