When you think of March holidays, what comes to mind first? St. Patrick’s Day! But March has some other important national events, and one of those is “Fix a Leak Week,” which takes place from March 14 to March 20.
What is “Fix a Leak Week”?
It’s a week that the EPA’s WaterSense program designate to help draw homeowners’ attention to the waste that even small leaks in a home can create, and how to detect them. You can of course arrange to fix leaks in your residential plumbing any time of the year—and you should!—but this week helps spread information about leak repair and detection to assist people with understanding better why stopping household leaks is so important.
For example, the amount of water that leaks in homes across the U.S. waste every year is more than 1 trillion (yes, “trillion” with a “t”) gallons. That’s the equivalent of water use for more than 11 million homes. Your home may have leaks in it right now that are contributing to this enormous drain on the public water supply.
But if I Have Hidden Leaks, How Do I Know to Have Them Repaired?
That’s part of what Fix a Leak Week is all about! It helps homeowners identify when they have leak problems so they know to contact plumbers to arrange for repairs. For example, check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no one in the house is using water (late afternoon is a good time). If the meter changes, then you probably have a leak somewhere. Call professional plumbers, and they’ll track down the source and fix the problem.
Fix a Leak Week Events
There are special events across the country during Fix a Leak Week. Last year, WaterSense held events such as workshops, hands-on displays, and family fun runs. Check with the WaterSense website to learn more.