Household leaks are more common than you think.
Annual household leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water per year nationwide. New Braunfels Utilities offers helpful advice to ensure your pipes are sealed and do not contribute to this statistic.
- Toilets – Check for leaking toilets by adding food color to the tank. If the color shows up in the bowl after ten minutes, the toilet is leaking.
- Kitchen and Bathroom Sink – Check for any dripping faucets or wet sinks.
- Washing Machine – Check for leaking hose connections at the wall faucets and the machine.
- Water Heater – Check for leaking relief valves or loose connections.
- Water Softener – Check to see if the softener is making flushing noises. It should be completely silent when not in use.
- Reverse Osmosis Systems – Check the plumbing for any leaking valves or filters.
- Outdoor Water Spigots – Check for hoses that have been left running and leaking faucets.
- Sprinkler System – Check the yard for muddy areas or standing water. Broken pipes and defective valves (round green lids in the grass) are the most common causes for leaks in yard sprinklers.