For Release: Sun Times CONTACT: Valerie Heritage Issue of 07/17/19 389-2326
Town of Smyrna
Helping to Keep You
You can lose 3,600 gallons of water in one month if you have a water leak the size of a pin head. With a leak the size of a pencil eraser the loss can be as much as 199,200 gallons of water per month!
Slow drips of water can add up very quickly. A toilet that “keeps running” after you flush, or a sink that drips after it is turned off can waste thousands of gallons of water. If the drip is hot water, you are paying for wasted energy too. Not only are you wasting a valuable resource, you are paying for water that isn’t being consumed. Fix leaks as soon as you find them.
Toilet leaks can range from small to large, constant to random. Many are even silent. In a properly functioning toilet, no water should move from the tank to the bowl, unless the toilet is being flushed. To check this add some food coloring to the tank; after about thirty minutes look in the bowl. If you see colored water you have a leak. Also check to be certain no water is going into the overflow pipe. The water level should be below the top of the pipe and should stay at a constant level in the tank when not flushed.
A leaking faucet is frequently the result of a bad rubber washer. The washer on a sink is typically located under the handle. If you don’t feel comfortable doing the repair yourself, a plumber might be the best option. Remember, even if you have to pay a plumber to fix the leak, you will end up saving money in the long run.