Surprise participates in Fix-A-Leak Week March 16-22; free fix-a-leak workshop scheduled for March 12
Surprise, AZ (March 3, 2020) Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide! To remind residents of the importance of checking for leaks, Surprise is participating in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual Fix-a-Leak Week campaign March 16-22.
Fixing household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are often easily correctable and can pay for themselves in water savings.
To help residents learn how to find and fix leaks, the Surprise water conservation team will host a free a fix-a-leak workshop on Thursday, March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees will receive a free copy of the Practical Plumbing Handbook, toilet test cards, and other helpful resources for finding and fixing leaks inside and outside the home. Registration is free at surpriseaz.gov/waterconservation.
How to check for leaks:
- Monitoring your winter water usage is a good indicator of household leaks. It's likely that a family of four has a serious leak problem if its winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month.
- Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.
- Take advantage of AMWUA’s Smart Home Water Guide, a free online tool that will teach you to locate and fix indoor and outdoor leaks using your residential water meter.
- Toilet leaks are a common culprit of indoor water waste. To find out if you have a toilet leak, place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl within 10 minutes without flushing, you have a leak. Make sure to flush immediately after this experiment to avoid staining the tank. Drop by Surprise City Hall to pick up some free toilet test cards.
Tips for fixing leaks:
- Leaky faucets can be fixed by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replacing them if necessary.
- Most leaky showerheads can be fixed by ensuring a tight connection using pipe tape and a wrench.
- It is recommended that toilet flappers be replaced every three to five years. Over time, this inexpensive rubber part decays, or minerals build up on it. It's usually best to replace the whole rubber flapper—a relatively easy, inexpensive do-it-yourself project that pays for itself in no time.
- To ensure that your in-ground irrigation system is not leaking water, consult with a WaterSense-certified irrigation professional - find a WaterSense-certified pro. An irrigation system should be checked each spring before use to make sure it was not damaged by frost or freezing.
- 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.
- If fixing your leak requires the replacement of your faucet, showerhead or toilet, look for a WaterSense-labeled model. WaterSense labeled models are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.
Get more Fix-a-Leak Week tips and resources at www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week.
For tips on conserving water, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/waterconservation.