Fix those leaky faucets and toilets!!


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I just came across the most fascinating statistic when doing research to save water: A leaky faucet or shower that looses water at the rate of one drip per second can waste 3,000 gallons of water a year, and a leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons of water a day!! (According to the EPA in an article entitled “Use your water sense”)

Seriously!! I couldn’t believe it myself, and thought that this would be something everyone might want to check into, especially a leaky toilet. This is how I checked mine:

I added grape juice to the tank (most recommendations say add food coloring, but why would I put those chemicals in my water when a natural sugar-free juice would do), and waited to see if it would end up in the bowl. If color appears in the bowl within 15 minutes you have a leaky bowl that needs fixing. Parts are relatively inexpensive for toilets, and I guarantee cheaper than your water bill will be if it is not fixed. A great way to go green and save money!

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  • Kyle

    Wow, that’s great advice. I have a leaky shower that drips all day long. We haven’t done anything to fix it since we’re planning to remodel our bathroom this summer. Having read this article, I think I’ll call the plumber and have them do a “bandaid fix” since my wife and I are always trying to find ways to stay “green”.

    thanks for the tips!

  • Amy

    Kyle, that is great! Since the summer is so far away you will be saving thousands of gallons of water over the next few months… and your water bill should go down!

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    You have incredible ideas, if I follow those methods I am sure I can save lots of money and energy as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/henry.morgan.9480 Henry Morgan

    A couple of weeks ago I started having plumbing issues. Ever so often, my toilet would overflow, it was so disgusting. I called a few persons, they tried rectifying the problem but four days after it was the same again. A friend suggested I try United Plumbing Solutions. They resolved the problem in one visit. You should check them out at http://www.ups-plumbing.com  or call 772-905-4442.

  • SmurphLin

    This is some great stuff. I love that you used grape juice instead of chemical coloring! I’ve been looking into getting some drain repair in Toronto because my toilet is doing the same thing. Hopefully it won’t be too expensive.

  • Cynthia Rose

    My toilet leaks all day long. It makes the sound of flushing even though it isn’t. I wonder how much water I waste each day?

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  • Grimm Hold

    No need to buy expensive chemical. Great, cost-saving tips!—Sinks Water Heaters California

  • Kyle McDonald

    I have a leaky sink in my bathroom. I tried to fix it by myself, but I ended up making it worse. I will have to hire a plumber to fix it for me. I’m sure that I can have the sink fixed for a good price. http://www.plumbingcontractorshamiltonnj.com/Plumbing-Services-Drain-Cleaning-Trenton-NJ.html

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    Great advice! I deal with a lot of new home owners in my industry facing many problems that could be prevented with the solutions mentioned in this post.

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