The Cost of Not Taking Care of Business
Toilets - The average leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water per day. That’s over 6,000 gallons a month ($70.06*) for just one leaking toilet!
Showers - Consider replacing your shower head with a low flow unit. The older the showerhead, the more water it uses. Older fixtures can use as much as 8 gallons per minute. Most new showerheads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute while still providing the pressure you want.
Yard - Check the outside hose bibs or any other above ground water line. Signs of an outside leak include a wet spot, actual flow of water over the ground surface, or green algae growing in the area. Also, look for any leaks around the valve on the hose bibs and backflow preventers.
Water Heater - Check the pressure relief valve on your hot water heater. Often times once the relief valve opens, it continues to leak until the valve is replaced. These valves can be dripping on the floor around the hot water heater or may be plumbed outside. If you find a leak, contact a plumber or someone well versed in this type of repair. Hot water tanks can build up pressure in the home water system and if not relieved through the relief valve, can cause severe damage.