A Leak a Day Takes Water Away

With the ever-increasing environmental pollution and effects of global warming, fresh water is becoming a scarce resource. Some citizens are oblivious to this fact as they have the luxury to enjoy water 24/7. They do not realize that simultaneously many people around the globe are subject to suffer drastic water shortages. With water coming only three times a day in many countries, residents cannot afford to lose even a drop. But a major hindrance towards water conservation for these masses is leke! A minute scratch in the pipes or plumbing fixtures can entail a regular household to lose up to 2,000 to 20,000 gallons of water. Then how to decipher this obstacle?

Here are some simple yet effective techniques you can use to prevent water leke and thus conserve water properly at your households. Just recollect this acronym: ACCA

  • Alert
  • Check
  • Change
  • Avoid


Believe it or not, the most useful tools against plumbing cracks are your own eyes and ears! Many times people even forget to notice water dripping down from the bottom of their own washbasins while they brush their teeth. The lack of alertness makes small cracks turn into unimaginable plights that even the insurance companies are not ready to help repair. Thus, the best cure against leke is prevention through your own senses.


You must check your water bills regularly to notice any unusual expensive activities that may be happening right under your nose. Keep track: are your toilets using a tank that never stops to refill the water after a flush? If so, not only will this dissipate water but also empty your wallets by over 50% more! Also, is your refrigerator constantly connected with the ice-making machine? If so, check its pipe: is it discolored, or cracked? If so, it’s time to adopt the following measure.


If the going is not going right, then change it! Don’t wait until a water catastrophe before upgrading the plumbing at your house. Keep changing your washing machine’s hoses once every five years. Make sure to also use steel-braided hoses instead of rubber ones to better ensure their durability. Check your water pipes for signs of corrosion or condensation (especially if living in a humid place); they foreshadow cracks down the line.


Prevention is better than the cure. Eradicate the root cause of cracks by installing proper utilities. Don’t use a phantom flush. If possible, avoid having clogged gutters in order to prevent foundation damage and seepage in basements. Keep water heater anode rods free from corrosive formations. If possible, install a water detection alarm to alert you of the complex problems beforehand. This investment surely has a positive NPV!

In short, while leke are common these days, they are unaffordable in all aspects as we are running short of fresh water. Rather, eliminate its existence from the core to enjoy efficient water utilities and a steady running water service at your doorstep!

Espana Gomez is an author of this blog. Recently she works as an interior design assistant in her town. She loves daydreaming about beautiful homes and interior decor.