eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle

© SDCWA 2013

WaterSmart is where our San Diego lifestyle and water efficiency meet. Each step you take has the potential to enhance your lifestyle, increase the value of your home, save money and inspire a neighbor to do the same.

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 18 of 139

• Your water shut-off valve is on your water service line, where it comes out of the ground next to your home, or before it empties into your water heater. • Close the valve. Check your water meter. If the meter does not move, the leak is inside your home. If it does move, check your hose spigot, irrigation system and pool because the leak is outside. WaterSmart 2. Close Your Shut-Off Valve 3. Find Your Leak Find it Fix it Toilets Drop a 1/2 teaspoon of food coloring or two dye tablets (ask your water district if it provides them to customers) into your toilet tank and wait 15 minutes. If the color appears in the bowl, your toilet leaks. Close the valve behind the toilet and flush to empty the tank. Remove the flapper from its hinges at the bottom of the tank and replace it. Faucets, Bathtubs and Showerheads Look for drips Turn off water supply, disassemble the hot and cold handles and remove the valve cartridge in each handle. Take the valve cartridges to the hardware store and ask the staff to help you replace the valve seats, springs, and o-rings. Outdoor Spigot Look for drips Turn off the spigot. If the dripping continues, replace the washer. Sprinkler Head Look for taller grass or plant growth around heads. Unscrew and replace sprinkler head. If multiple heads leak, check to see if the valve for that irrigation zone is leaking. Irrigation Pipe Look for wet spots in the grass, mud, or erosion. Turn off water in the leak zone. Use PVC cutters to cut the pipe on each side of leak. Use PVC primer to glue a slip coupler on each end of exposed pipe, then again to slip a new piece of pipe into each coupler. Pool or Spa Fill a bucket with pool water and place it on the deck next to the pool. Mark the water level in the bucket and in the pool with waterproof tape, turn the pool circulation off and wait three days. Mark the new water levels. The amount of evaporation in the bucket and pool should be the same. If the pool level dropped farther, you may have a leak. Contact a licensed pool repair company. 19

Articles in this issue

view archives of eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle - © SDCWA 2013