The City of Blaine and Birch Bay Water and Sewer District are designating August as “Leak Detection Month.” Leak detection and repair inside the house is often very easy and simple and is a great first step towards creating a water efficient home if checked regularly. In an average residence, 22 gallons of water are lost to leakage each day. That is approximately 14 percent of the average water usage for Blaine and Birch Bay households, which averages around 158 gallons per day.
Too often small leaks and drips go ignored, but small leaks only get bigger with time and the amount of water lost adds up. A faucet dripping 60 drops per minute wastes 192 gallons a month, whereas, a small steady stream from a faucet wastes 43,829 gallons a month.
Repairing a small leak or drip quickly will not only save money on your water bill, but allow you to avoid costly plumbing repairs in the future.
The primary culprits for water loss inside the home due to leaks are leaking toilets and dripping faucets. Deteriorated flapper valves are the most common source of leaks in toilets and worn out washers for faucets. Other times fixtures just need to be adjusted and tightened. If you find a leaking water fixture, turn off the shutoff valve for that device and tighten any fittings that leak. Be careful not to over tighten the fittings.
If you are interested in learning more about leak detection, I will be giving a presentation along with the Birch Bay Water & Sewer district on leak identification and repair on August 28 at 7 p.m. at the Birch Bay State Park.