Did you know that household water leaks waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water nationwide each year? This is enough water to supply more than 11 million homes! Crazy, right? More than crazy, it’s wasteful and damaging to the environment. However, there are lots of things you can do yourself at home to help the planet—all starting with that leaky sink of yours.
Check for Leaks
Because even the smallest leak can waste an astronomical amount of water, periodically checking for leaks should be a regular practice in your home. And if you need an incentive—fixing household water leaks can save homeowners around 10% on their water bills! Checking for leaks is simple and can be completed in just a few steps:
- Check the water meter:
Leaks can be detected with a simple check out of the water meter. Check the meter before a period where water won’t be used for a few hours. Check the meter again after time has elapsed. If you notice there is a change in the meter, it could be a sign that there is a leak.
- Check the water usage:
A general rule is if a family of four uses more than 12,000 gallons of water in a month, a leak is more than likely.
How to Repair a Leaky Sink
Often, you can repair a leaky sink yourself with just a few household tools like a screwdriver, pliers, and a channel lock and by following these simple steps:
- Start by turning off the water supply to your sink and opening the faucet to release water pressure that may have built up in the lines.
- Using a screwdriver, remove the handle and check if the large metal nut holding the parts in place is loose. Use the screwdriver to tighten the nut.
- If the nut is not loose, try removing the nut and internal pieces with the pliers—making sure to note where they are located so you’ll be able to reassemble later.
- If the faucet has them, try replacing the cartridge, washers, O-ring, and seals and make sure there aren’t any gaps in between these parts.
- Check the metal parts of the faucet for mineral deposits and clean with vinegar and a brush if they do have deposits. Sometimes, a leak can be caused if the metal is uneven, but the vinegar scrub should help even the surface.
- After you’ve checked the aforementioned parts of the faucet, reassemble the pieces and test the faucet.
Home repairs can be frustrating, especially if you can’t find the source of the issue. If you think your sink has a leak, be sure to call the professionals at Climate Design today. Our team of experienced technicians will quickly diagnose any issue whether plumbing or HVAC related. Give us a call today so you and your family can begin protecting the environment starting with your home’s faucets!