Thinking Green

Save Water by Repairing Leaky Faucets

By: Danny Lipford

Even a slow drip can waste 15 to 20 gallons of water a day. Ironically, almost 90% of these leaks are the result of a dirty or worn seal or washer which can be easily repaired. Simply turn off the water supply, and remove the valve stem to clean or replace the washer.

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Here’s a question for you. A person wants to give you some money and you have your choice of which of these two piles you can take. Which would you choose? Certainly, I think everyone would want this pile. But did you know that a lot of people throw this much money away because of a simple leaky faucet? Even a slow drip can waste 15 to 20 gallons of water a day. Ironically, almost 90% of these leaks can be repaired for mere pennies. These drips are usually the result of a dirty or worn seal or washer, and these can be cleaned or replaced without the need for an expensive plumber. Simply turn off the water supply and remove the valve stem to clean or replace the washer. You’ll get rid of that drip, save a lot of water and pocket the right pile of cash.



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