The 2012 Fix a Leak Week recently ended, and in case you missed it, you can find all of the highlights here. Fix a Leak Week is celebrated in March each year with the goal of reminding Americans to check for and repair leaks in their homes. According to a study conducted by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), leaks make up about 14% of all indoor water use 1.
Water Leak Detection:
Some leaks around the home and office are easily noticed: running toilets, dripping faucets, and leaky water dispensers. However, some leaks occur in less visible locations such as under sinks, behind washing machines, or from water heaters tucked away in closets. An efficient way to detect leaks in these less noticeable areas is with the use of a water alarm.
Water alarms, typically battery powered, are small inexpensive devices with sensors that detect water or moisture. Not only do water alarms help prevent wasted water, they also help protect your home by providing an early warning system to small leaks that may eventually become floods. Leaks typically get larger with time, so the sooner you are aware of a leak, the better.
More Facts and Information on Water Leaks From the EPA 2:
•Leaks can account for, on average, 10,000 gallons of water wasted in the home every year, which is enough to fill a backyard swimming pool.
•The vast majority of leaks can be eliminated after retrofitting a household with new WaterSense labeled fixtures and other high-efficiency appliances.
•Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.