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Upgrade Your Home: Are You Leaking Water and Money?

If you are looking to save both money and water, then you should be looking for hidden leaks in and around your home.

We know the conventional water-saving tips: taking shorter showers, not running the water while brushing your teeth, running full loads in the washing machine and the dishwasher, etc. These can help, but there may leaks in or around your home you don’t know about that are costing you.

Here are two ways to check for leaks before calling in the professionals:

1. Check you water meter

Have look at your water meter. Write down the reading. Turn off all water sources, faucets, etc. for a total of two hours. Go read the meter again. If the reading has increased, there is a leak somewhere in your home.

2. See if you can find the leak

Start with you bathroom, which is where we use the most water in our home. Add food coloring to the tank of the toilet. If the coloring ends up in the toilet bowl, that is indication of a leak. For a leaky showerhead, use pipe or Teflon tape to secure the connection. Also check kitchen faucets. Is there mold in your home? You may have leaks behind your walls that only a professional can detect.

Indoor leaks are not the only ones costing you. A garden hose could be leaking outdoors and those are also a waste of water and money.

Have you experience leaks in your home? Tell us what you think in the comments below. You can also contact us for more information! Feel free to shoot us an email to You can also find us on TwitterFacebook, InstagramLinkedIn, or even connect with us directly on our website!

About the Author: Aisha K. Staggers is a writer, lecturer, political analyst and literary agent. She appears weekly for “Staggers’ State of Things” on the Dr. Vibe Show. Her work has been published by Paper Magazine, AfroPunk, The Spool, GREY Journal, MTV News, HuffPost, Blavity, Atlanta Blackstar, For Harriet, New York Review of Books and a host of other first-run publications and syndicated outlets. Find her on Twitter @AishaStaggers. For more of her work, check out her page here!

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