Unless you live in a condo or rent a home – chances are one of your monthly bills is from the Water Company.
(Around here it’s billed every three months but you know what I mean)
Over the past year I have worked on several projects where there was a leaking or dripping faucet. In one situation I had to shut the main to the home off in order to install a new hose bib. Which had been ( you guessed it ) leaking for a long time. I go to shut off the main and there is large amount of water from the main shut off valve traveling under the washer and dryer to the floor drain.
Of course this gets mentioned to the homeowner. They shrug. “It’s been that way for several years.”
What? Not days, weeks or even months but years??
First off who in the blue heck wants to do laundry with wet feet? (I haven’t seen any ducks at the laundromat)
Secondly there is health concerns due to water assisting in the growth of mold.
Lastly – you are literally throwing money down the drain!!
This is just one example I have seen of many situations where a little effort and home maintenance is not only important but ESSENTIAL.
Even if the effort by the homeowner is no more than picking up the phone to call someone to fix it – at least it’s an effort.
Take 20 minutes and go around your home. Check under all sinks, behind all toilets, hose bibs, washer hookups, faucets etc.
One by one check them in the off position. If they are dry – turn the both the hot and cold on and let them run for a moment.
If still dry – you are good to go.
Do this every six months.
A small drip noticed early will save you from a larger water bill and may prevent property damage.
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