Comments on: Question of the Week: When was the last time you fixed a leak? http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/03/qotw-fix-a-leak/ The EPA Blog Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:17:15 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: cgfluid http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/03/qotw-fix-a-leak/#comment-12479 Wed, 12 Jan 2011 03:59:56 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=730#comment-12479 One of the most overlooked culprits of wasted water in the home is old sprinkler systems, or worse yet, using the hose to water you lawn and gardens. While leaky faucets are a great thing to have fixed, you should look at your sprinkler system as well.

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By: Miami Plumber http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/03/qotw-fix-a-leak/#comment-12478 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 14:11:55 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=730#comment-12478 Toilet leaks can be caused by many different toilet malfunctions. A broken water supply line, a damaged wax ring below the bowl, or a ballcock tube that has slipped out of place can all cause leaks that are relatively easy to fix without having to call a plumber. Proper plumbing tools and some basic do-it-yourself repair skills will both help in completing the repair. For best results, call a Miami plumber or the plumber near you.

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By: sam7 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/03/qotw-fix-a-leak/#comment-12477 Fri, 20 Mar 2009 23:24:04 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=730#comment-12477 p.s : in my country 5 – 12 march implant tree week ,our government give us free SAPLING tree .we love this week .
we have greatest CEREMONY in a year in march 21 . in this day our new year is beginning ,it’s time to start spring for EARTH

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By: sam7 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/03/qotw-fix-a-leak/#comment-12476 Thu, 19 Mar 2009 20:39:16 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=730#comment-12476 OK it’s very ATTRACTIVE for me that you have Fix a Leak week.
i think my country need this week too. i offer and try for that.
i offer we can make a VOLUNTEER group with basic INSTRUCTION about piping and other arts that need for fix a leak. this group going to every house , office, park,and around town and repair leaks for free. government can help them for material that they need ,like rubber washer.
i try fix leak in my kitchen for third , i can’t and the end i compel to buy a new spigots , it’s a COST, but my CONSCIENCE be STRAIGHT.
i think if we don’t know value thing that god gave us, those will take from our hands. everything is easy ,first step is SUBSTANTIAL.

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happy spring ☺.

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By: Valerie http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/03/qotw-fix-a-leak/#comment-12475 Thu, 19 Mar 2009 15:40:13 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=730#comment-12475 While overall water quantity including fresh and salt waters will be constant over time, fresh water quantities currently are diminishing through saltwater intrusion into aquifers and glacier melts. As we draw more water out of aquifers, it draws more saltwater from the ocean into the limestone and contaminates our fresh water sources. Both surface waters and aquifers in developing countries are polluted. While there is water available, it needs treatment to remove arsenic and other contaminants. The question is how do we want to use our money and energy? Shall it be spent on treating impaired water sources? We could use money and energy on reverse osmosis to treat the brackish water now found in our formerly freshwater aquifers. We could use money and energy to desalinate ocean water. We could use money and energy pumping water through leaky distribution pipes to leaky homes. But we also could use that same money to repair our pipes, fix the leaks, and increase the efficiency of our water distribution system and homes. Water conservation decreases the amount of money and energy spent on treating and pumping potable water. By the way, you responded to Charles, not ROFL which stands for Rolling on the Floor Laughing.

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By: Linda http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/03/qotw-fix-a-leak/#comment-12474 Wed, 18 Mar 2009 18:33:31 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=730#comment-12474 We had to repair the supply line leading into the house a month or so ago; pvc and tree roots don’t mix so well, but at least it was an easy fix. In an older home, you are always on the look-out for water wasters.

The topic reminds me of an incident that happened when I was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base, CA years ago though. I noticed that the outside faucet had a small drip one day in late spring. Being a thrifty (and tool-wise) gal, I got my wrench and a screwdriver and tightened the packing nut; fixed it up in about a minute and thought nothing more about it.

I went to fill a watering can the next day and was horror-struck to notice dozens of dead honey bees on the ground all around the faucet. I felt terrible as I realized the poor things had come to rely on that little drip as their source of water in the parched California desert; worse yet, it was apparant they had no margin for error. *I* wasn’t the only being affected by that little drip! I immediately got out my tools and loosened the packing nut once more–just a tiny bit, but after that there were no more dead bees. I may have “wasted” the water, but I decided I could live with it in that case.

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By: Robert Browning http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/03/qotw-fix-a-leak/#comment-12473 Wed, 18 Mar 2009 14:43:50 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=730#comment-12473 Dear ROLF,
I hope you are not trying to infer that the Earth is loosing any of its fresh water, because as we both know the Earth has as much fresh water as it did (or more) when the dinosaurs roamed the earth.
This silly notion that we are loosing fresh water is nothing more than an effort at a redistribution of wealth by unelected officials.

Thanks for your time,

Robert Browning

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By: Andrea Davis http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/03/qotw-fix-a-leak/#comment-12472 Wed, 18 Mar 2009 04:16:43 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=730#comment-12472 You know what is a bummer about old houses is that sometimes, they don’t have valves to turn off the water on the same level as the problem. HA!

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By: Ian Z http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/03/qotw-fix-a-leak/#comment-12471 Tue, 17 Mar 2009 20:20:36 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=730#comment-12471 TURN OFF THE WATER! Don’t let it leak until the plumber comes. Turn it on and off as you need until you can fix it right. My best advice for any leak.

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By: Ian Z http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2009/03/qotw-fix-a-leak/#comment-12470 Tue, 17 Mar 2009 20:14:59 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=730#comment-12470 I’m no plumber. Don’t try this at home!

I traveled 100 miles March 7, 2008 to a house a tribal member is renting in Pahrump, NV on a Saturday to fix a leak. The land lord was told but hasn’t showed up for a month to fix the leak. The bathroom carpet was soaked and torn out to prevent mold. I looked behing the wall at the valves of the shower saw that it was the fixture…we went to the hardware store and bought a fixture for 20 bucks and I replaced it and the problem was solved in two hours.

On February 10, 2009, on the reservation where I work, the plumbing from the street to the house is the homeowners responsibility and the local water utility ownes the rest of the system to the well. The homeowner is on fixed income and had paid $300 for the month it went on leaking. I told her to shut off the water at the street and dig up the wet area where the pipe was leaking. A plumber told her it would cost $900 to repair it properly and install a new pipe from the street to the house. I took her to the hardware store and she bought a nipple and two clamps. I told her to cut the pipe and clamp the ends. Problem solved for $15.00 bucks. Her water bill went back down to $35.00 bucks.

Just a comparison of power generations stations…so called clean nuclear power uses 10 times more clean water to produce electricity than coal fired plants. Not to mention the uranium mining and milling process and waste disposal that are not factored into the cost of power generation. FYI–Go Green!

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