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FIXING A LEAK

Fixing a leak. So easy, even you can do it. Yes, you!

Each year, household leaks in the U.S. account for a loss of 1 trillion gallons of water. That’s enough water to supply 11 million homes for a single year.

So if you are really serious about water conservation, you should be looking in your home for sources of water leaks.

There are some easy ways to find out if you have leaks in your home. Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when you aren’t using water. If you water meter has changed, you probably have a leak somewhere. Here is a video on how the process works.

Here are 6 other methods for finding a leak in your home.

But what do you do when you find a leak? You’re all thumbs when it comes to home repair.

One word: YouTube.

Fortunately there is help for those of us who need lots of direction when it comes to home repair. Plumbers, water authorities, and others have uploaded videos on fixing simple water leaks in the home.

We have done the searching for you and found 7 videos on how to fix those water leaks.

1. Kitchen faucet – This video is detailed and takes you through each step of using a repair kit to fix that leaking faucet in the kitchen.

2. Toilet – We found this video on repairing a toilet from the Regional Water Providers Consortium near Portland, Oregon.

3. Pinhole leak – Here is an instructive video on fixing a pinhole leak in a copper pipe that explains everything from where to get the materials to how to apply them.

4. Water heater – What if you find a puddle of water underneath your water heater? This page includes a video that goes through possible causes and things to consider when you find what you think is a leak.

5. Shower – When you turn off the valves in your shower, you still can see a steady stream of water coming out of the spout. Here is a video explaining how to stop that leak.

6. Water valve – This Old House video coaches a homeowner through fixing a leaky shutoff valve.

7. Drain pipe – Here is a step-by-step video on fixing a leaky drain pipe and what to do if your repairs don’t work.

One last thing ... Did you know you can even prevent leaks before they start? Here are some tips on what to look for.