August is leak detection month in Blaine, Birch Bay

Published on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 by By Emily Resch

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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. 

It can also help homeowners save more than 10 percent on their water bills depending on the size of the leak.    
One of the primary culprits for water loss inside the home due to leaks is a leaking toilet. 

A leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons per day or 73,000 gallons a year if left unrepaired.  Typically a toilet leak is due to deteriorated flapper valves, which are inexpensive and easy to repair. 

The district recently repaired a leaky toilet in the men’s restroom by replacing a worn flapper valve. 

Our water usage went from 700 cubic feet over a two month billing period down to 300 cubic feet.  The repair cost five dollars, while saving $13.88 based on 400 cubic feet of water and sewer usage saved. 

To test for a toilet leak, add a few drops of food coloring or place a colored dye tablet in the toilet tank.

Wait 20 minutes and if any trace of color appears in the toilet bowl, there is a leak. 

Both the city and district have leak detection dye tablets available for customers. 

For more information or further questions, call 360/371-7100 or Blaine Public Works at 360/332-8820.