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Leaky plumbing can really cost you, big time. Next time you get your water bill, take a look at your usage. If it’s more than 12,000 gallons a month for a family of four, or 6,000 for just a couple, you’ve likely got some serious leaky plumbing somewhere. That means you’re paying for water that’s literally going right down the drain.

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends checking your home for the most common causes of leaks.

To Find Leaky Plumbing:Check your water meter for leaky plumbing when all water is turned off everywhere around your home.

Before checking for individual leaks, check your overall water usage by monitoring your water meter over a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter keeps turning, you probably have some leaky plumbing somewhere. The good news is that many common leaks are easy and inexpensive to fix. Here’s how:

Toilets: Typically, toilets begin leaking when the toilet flapper or valve seal becomes old or worn out. A good way to check is to put some food coloring in the toilet tank and wait 15 minutes to see if the coloring shows up in the toilet bowl. If it does, you’ll need to fix it. You can probably find the replacement part at your hardware store but to be sure, take the old part with you for comparison.

Faucets: Old and worn washers and gaskets are frequently the cause of leaky plumbing at the faucet. If you attempt to fix this leak yourself, remember to turn the water off under the sink before you start. You should also close the drain and cover the bottom of the sink or bathtub with a cloth so you don’t lose any of the small parts. By making a quick Google search, you can find how-to videos on YouTube as well as online instructions.

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Showerheads: Some leaky showerheads are easy to fix while others may need professional attention. Make sure there is a tight connection between the showerhead and pipe stem. You can use pipe tape, also called Teflon tape, to secure it. You may also need to replace the washer. If you suspect a valve leak, that’s the time to call in a professional.

Outdoor faucets: Check your garden hose for leaks at the connection to the spigot. If it leaks, try replacing the washer to ensure a tight connection to the spigot. You can also use pipe tape and a wrench. If you have in-ground irrigation, you should check to make sure it wasn’t damaged by frost or freezing during the cold winter nights. If it leaks, you may need professional irrigation assistance.

Top-rated replacement fixtures: If these simple fixes don’t work, it may be time to replace your toilet, faucet, or showerhead. Replacing your old fixtures with WaterSense models not only saves water but money too.

If you need assistance with leaky plumbing in your home, give Brown and Reaves Services a call. 843-497-9867. Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and grab your 20% off coupon on our next service call.

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