Roto-Rooter Tips for Fix-a-Leak Week

Roto-Rooter Tips for Fix-a-Leak Week

March 18th kicks off Fix-a-Leak Week presented by the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program. Roto-Rooter encourages Americans to save water all year-round but this week, March 18-24 2013, is a designated time to check and repair dripping faucets and faulty fixtures. More than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes every year. 

“People are often amazed at the volume of water wasted through household leaks. Something that seems insignificant and often goes unattended by homeowners actually has a very noticeable impact on the water usage and the monthly water bill,” said ROTOGreen expert Paul Abrams.

Roto-Rooter locations across the nation are gearing up to help homeowners detect and repair leaks. The average household can save up to 10,000 gallons of water each year simply by fixing leaks. To learn more about the high cost of water leaks, check out Roto-Rooter’s Household Leaks Add up infographic.

ROTOGreen promotes EPA WaterSense certified products and offers water conserving earth-friendly plumbing solutions that make it easy to go green. Here are a couple of DIY leak detection tests families can try to make their home plumbing more green during Fix-a-Leak Week.

Two Tricks for Detecting a Toilet Leak

You may not always hear water running in your toilet or see it flowing into the bowl but your toilet might be leaking water down the drain on a constant basis, up to 200 gallons per day. Here are two ways to detect toilet leaks: 

  • Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait fifteen minutes. If colored water appears in the bowl, you have a leak. Replace
     the flapper valve to solve most leaks of this kind. View the video on our Facebook page to see where the food coloring should go.
  • Sprinkle a pinch of flour or talcum powder on top of the water in your toilet tank. Watch it carefully. If it drifts toward the tank’s overflow tube then you have a different kind of toilet leak called an overflow leak. Replace the float valve to solve the problem.

 Don’t forget to check indoor and outdoor faucets, as well as, hoses on appliances for leaks too!

Follow @EPAWaterSense on Twitter for tips all week long and visit our website for other water conservation tips.

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