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3 Common Causes of Household Leaks and How to Fix Them Fast

A faucet with a drop of water coming out

In addition to the annoying ‘drip, drip, drip’ of your leaky faucet, your little leak could add up to a lot more wasted water than you think. Even a slow leak at the rate of 10 drops per minute adds up to 347 wasted gallons of water a year.

While your faucet may be leaking for any number of reasons- the solution is likely simple and much more cost effective than letting your leak go.

Find out exactly how much water your leak is costing you and then follow our tips for fixing your leaky faucets- fast. Your wallet and the environment will thank you.

1. Faucets- Old or worn out washers or gaskets are often to blame for your leaky faucet. Depending on the type of faucet that you have, you can often fix this leak in under 30 minutes. Head to the hardware store for a new gasket and washer and look up a good tutorial for the type of faucet that you have- and you’re set! *Don’t forget to bring your old washer and gasket with you to the store to make sure you select the correct size.

2. Showerheads- A loose connection is likely to blame for your leaking showerhead. Simply unscrew your showerhead, apply pipe tape around the end the grooves on the end of the pipe and reconnect the showerhead. If tightening your connection doesn’t work, try replacing the showerhead. It may have been a leak inside of the fixture.

3. Toilets- A new valve seal may be all it takes to fix a toilet leak.

If replacing your toilet’s valve seal doesn’t fix your leak, you may need to replace your toilet. At Michael’s Plumbing we can recommend the best water saving toilet for your home and install it for you.

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