Most leaky showerheads can be fixed using pipe tape and a wrench.
Fix a Leak Week
Every drop counts.
Check. Twist. Replace.
Celebrate Fix a Leak Week by checking your home fixtures for leaks.
Winter months are the prime time to check water use and see if you may have a leak in your home plumbing system. If a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month in the winter, you probably have leaks! Those leaks are costing you money and wasting water resources.
To help save water for future generations, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is asking consumers to check, twist and replace:
Check for leaks.
Look for dripping faucets, showerheads and fixture connections. Also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if it appears in the bowl before you flush. Donít forget to check irrigation systems and spigots, too.
Twist and tighten pipe connections.
To save more water without a noticeable difference in flow, twist on a WaterSenseSM-labeled faucet aerator.
Replace the fixture if necessary.
Look for WaterSenseSM-labeled models, which are independently tested and certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.
Shaili Pfeiffer works for the DNR's Division of Water.