While a leaky faucet is not a plumbing emergency, you should consider getting the faucet fixed soon. When a leaky faucet drips at one drop per second, this faucet will waste 3,000 gallons of water every year. Toilet leaks can also waste plenty of water every year. If you hear your toilet running, it's time to fix the flapper to ensure that water isn't flowing for no reason through your tank. Shower heads also can leak water. Ignoring a number of leaks throughout your home will cost you money and waste water. If you aren't sure how to do a repair, contact a plumbing contractor to come and check your faucets, toilets and shower heads for leaks.
How to Check for Toilet Leaks
Your toilet doesn't have to be running constantly to be wasting water. When you want to check to see if your toilet tank is leaking, put five drops off food coloring into the toilet tank. Wait for ten minutes. If the water in the toilet bowl has become tinted from the food coloring, you have a leak. You can try to replace the internal parts of your toilet on your own, or you can leave the work up to a plumber.
When Your Shower Head Leaks
If your shower head is dripping long after the water has turned off, this is usually a problem with the seal between the shower head and the pipe it is attached to. You can try tightening the shower head. If that doesn't work, remove the shower head. Place a small piece of plumber's tape around the threads of the pipe your shower head attaches to. Put the shower head back on and make sure it's tight enough. If the shower head still leaks, look for a replacement instead.
Dripping Faucets Can Be Replaced
When your faucet is leaking, first you need to turn off the water to the faucet. You can try taking off the faucet, or tightening it from below to see if that fixes the problem. A leaky faucet is usually due to a loose washer or gasket. You can replace these parts, or try to replace the entire faucet on your own. If you have no plumbing skills, a plumber can do the work for you.
If you are concerned about the water loss in your home each year, take the time to check for leaks throughout your property.