Dallas, TX (PressExposure) March 13, 2009 -- The shaky US economy has made saving money a top priority for citizens of the Dallas-area community. What many residents do not realize is that a major, unnecessary and preventable expense is lurking right under their roofs in the form of water leaks. Wasting thousands of gallons of water regularly through faulty faucets, shower valves and toilets, water leaks can result in hundreds of dollars washed down the drain.
To encourage Dallas area members to investigate possible water leakage in their homes, American Leak Detection Serving the Greater Dallas and Fort Worth Area is celebrating âFix a Leak Weekâ. Sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), âFix A Leak Weekâ is a national awareness campaign that takes place from March 16th to 20th, and is designed to serve as a designated time to check household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.
According to Bobby Knell, owner of American Leak Detection Serving the Greater Dallas and Fort Worth Area, the most common home leaks include leaking toilet flappers, dripping faucets and other leaking valves. "Each of these leaks is easily corrected," states Knell. The EPA estimates that by fixing these types of common leaks, homeowners can save more than 10 percent on their water bills.
Knell recommends that Dallas-area residents observe âFix a Leak Weekâ by performing simple maintenance tests on all of their household plumbing fixtures including faucets, showerheads, and toilets, as well as outdoor irrigation systems and hose spigots.
"A typical toilet leak at today's rate can add several hundreds of dollars to a single water bill," said Knell. "By taking a few simple steps to detect leaks before they turn into major problems, Dallas-area residents can prevent property damage and save bundles of money."
For people ready to tackle the job, Knell offers the following checklist provided by the EPA:
â¢ Check the meter â Examine the water meter before and after a two-hour period during which no water was used; if the meter does not read exactly the same, a leak is likely present. â¢ Replace valves â Bad faucet or shower valves may not allow water to be completely shut off. â¢ Replace faulty toilet flappers and float assemblies â An inexpensive rubber part, the toilet flapper, is often to blame for toilet leaks, as mineral build-up can cause the part to decay. A float not adjusted correctly or not working properly can cause water to overfill the tank and rise above the over-flow tube. Fortunately, replacing the flapper is an easy, inexpensive do-it-yourself project. â¢ Examine irrigation systems â Each spring, check the irrigation system to make sure it was not damaged by frost or freezing. Older valves have a tendency to wear out and allow water to run through the valve and to the open side or the sprinkler side. â¢ Tighten spigots â Check for leaks where garden hoses connect to the spigot; if it leaks while running, replace the nylon or rubber hose washer, and use pipe tape and a wrench to secure the bond. â¢ Check pool/spa â An Auto Fill running constantly could indicate a leak. Normal evaporation is usually 1/8" to 1/4" with auto fill off. â¢ Take notice - A warm spot on the floor or high gas bills could indicate a hot water leak under the home. â¢ Listen â Hearing water noise in walls at night with no water running could also indicate a leak under the home.
American Leak Detection Serving the Greater Dallas Area utilizes specially trained experts and quality equipment to detect leaks before they require major home repairs. The company implements its own proprietary methods and technology to ensure the most non-invasive leak detection possible. Commercial and residential service is available.
For more information about American Leak Detection, The Original Leak Specialists, Serving the Greater Dallas Area, please contact Bobby Knell at 972-713-8691 or visit http://www.alddfw.com.
About American Leak Detection
American Leak Detection-DFW, Inc. the Original Leak Specialistsâ¢, is a fully licensed, Texas-based company that guarantees superior-quality results at competitive prices. American Leak Detectionâs highly trained technicians use non-invasive methods to perform services from cause and origin investigations to the environmentally friendly trenchless sewer pipe replacement. Selected from over 250 worldwide franchises as franchise-of-the-year in 1997, American Leak Detection was the first to offer advanced electronic leak detection and is the only company in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to provide a Home Certification program to assure homebuyers and homeowners that their homes or homes-to-be are leak-free. For more information, please visit http://www.alddfw.com.