I’d like to think that even if I didn’t work at American Water I’d be aware of and an active participant in the US EPA’s Fix a Leak Week, which runs from March 19-25. As a homeowner, I have had my fair share of leaks from small to large. Being in this environment every day has impressed upon me the importance of finding and fixing leaks, and this is an advantage I wish everyone could have. So, when the opportunity came along to write a blog post for Fix a Leak Week, I jumped on it, hoping to motivate more people from my own experiences. Here are a few of my top inspirations to get out there and fix those leaks.
One: 1 Trillion Gallons.
In America, household leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted annually. But what really hits home for me is that the average household “leaks out” approximately 90 gallons of water per day and 10,000 gallons per year.
Two: 10 percent.
Fixing simple leaks can save the average homeowner 10 percent on his or her water bill.
Three: Leaks are one of life’s priorities.
Because many leaks are out of sight and, therefore, out of mind, fixing pipes and faucets can easily fall to the bottom of the priority list. But the consequences of not prioritizing regular leak inspection and maintenance can bring great consequences in terms of wasted money, water and time.
Four: It’s just the way it is.
The longer leaks are allowed to “linger,” the greater the damage they can cause. And that impact will inevitably occur at the very worst time. My advice, stay on top of them… avoid catastrophe and enjoy peace of mind.
Five: We can’t all be Bob Vila, and that’s okay!
I’m not an engineer, plumber or overly handy around the house. But you don’t need to be any of these things to detect and fix leaks. Here are my favorite pointers:
- If your water usage for a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons in a winter month, chances are you have some serious leaks.
- Check your water meter before and after a 2-hour period during which no water is being used. If you see a change, then there most likely are leaks.
- For fixing issues, I point you to the EPA’s Fix a Leak Week website, offering insights for everything from toilet, faucet and showerhead leaks to outdoor leaks and more.
Six: Do it for you first.
We’re all concerned about preserving our precious water resources. But start by getting motivated by what’s important to you in terms of fixing leaks—cost savings, property integrity and peace of mind. If you want to expand your peace of mind further American Water Resources offers protection programs for the unexpected repairs of water and sewer service lines and in-home plumbing. If we all maintain our individual homes, the greater good will follow!