Water leaks—we’ve all had to deal with them and they’re not fun. That’s where the Birmingham Water Works is stepping in to lend a helping hand—plus save you some dough. Fix-A-Leak Week starts Monday, March 15 so mark your calendars and get ready to chase down those leaks.
Got a leak? It can run, but it can’t hide.
Let me hit you with a crazy statistic. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) household leaks can waste almost 1 trillion gallons of water every year in the U.S. That’s over 74 billion swimming pools being filled with water leaks.
The most common leaks found in a home include:
- Worn toilet flappers
- Dripping faucets
- Shower head leaks
- Outdoor leaks
- Leaky valves
I’m guilty of being aware of a leak, but ignoring it as if it’ll fix itself. But when that water bill hits, you can rest assured I’m checking up on getting that leak resolved. Don’t let easy fixes that require a few tools turn into a larger issue. Taking a few extra minutes to address a leak can save homeowners about 10% on their water bill.
Mark your calendars, Birmingham
From Monday, March 15 to Sunday, March 21, the Birmingham Water Works is hosting Fix-A-Leak Week. Besides a really catchy name, this is the ideal time to take control of those pesky faucets. If saving money sounds like something that’s right up your alley, this is your week.
During Fix-A-Leak Week, the Birmingham Water Works wants to help YOU. They’re encouraging homeowners to find potential leaks and fix them in order to save wasted water.
“Water is essential to life, particularly at this time when water is critical to our health and safety. Household leaks cost our customers money for customers, and we want to help them save every drop.”PR Manager and Spokesman for Birmingham Water Works Rick Jackson
The Birmingham Water Works is hooking us up with free perks
Free—it’s a word we all love to see. During Fix-A-Leak Week, if you visit the Birmingham Water Works Payment Center, you’ll receive a free toilet flapper replacement kit as well as some quick tips while supplies last. If you can’t make time to swing by, no worries. Check out Birmingham Water Work’s Facebook and Twitter for additional tips that can save you some dough.
Y’all didn’t think we would end it without dropping some helpful tips, did you?
Fix-A-Leak week is just seven days, but Birmingham Water Works is giving us timeless tips that we can take anywhere. Here are some tips that piqued my interest and will hopefully help you down the road.
1. Check your water meter
Want to see if you have a leak? Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when you’re not using water. If the meter changes when you check the second time, there’s a good chance you have a leak.
2. Throw some food coloring in your toilet
Sound weird? Let me explain. If you place a drop of food coloring in your toilet tank and color shows up in the bowl 10 minutes later, you have a leak. Just make sure to flush the coloring down afterward to keep from having a colorful tank.
3. Keep a close eye on your gaskets and pipes
Every now and then, examine your faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for any water outside of the pipe. This can determine if you have a surface leak or not.
Want to learn more? Follow the Birmingham Water Works on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube for helpful tips + tricks.