Leaks Can Run- But They Cannot Hide

Drip, Drip, Drip…Let’s Talk Leaks!

Guess what! National Fix A Leak Week is March 14-20th and we want to be sure you have the best resources to keep you informed of the little problems caused by water leaks. Awareness of what to look for and knowledge of how to fix any leak issues can go a long way in prevention and saving money. Leaks can run, but they can’t hide!



Did you know that simple faucet leaks amount to approximately 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year? That’s huge! And so easily preventable! Not to mention, leaks are costly. Taking time each year to perform a preventative check, can help keep your check book in order.
When you are on the hunt for possible leaks, it is important to start with the data… Begin with your water bill, check your meter, and test your toilets. These will give you some clue as to the prevalence of a water leak in your home.

The EPA recommends the following checklist for tracking down a leak! Here are some of the best-known hiding places to start. Keep your ears open!
  • Bathroom
    • Toilets
    • Faucets
    • Showerheads
    • Under the sink
    • Don’t forget the tub!
  • Laundry Room
    • Check all of your hook-ups!
    • Look for pooling in the washer itself (it could indicate a source leak)
  • Kitchen
    • Check all appliances, such as the dishwasher and fridge. Many times, there are leaks behind them.
  • Basement and Garage
    • Sinks
    • Exposed pipes
    • Water Heaters
  • Outside
    • Spigots
    • Irrigation controls and sprinkler heads

Well, that all depends on your plumbing skills. Whether you choose to call in a professional or venture down the DIY path, below are a few steps everyone should take… just in case.

  1. Turn off the water line to the leaking location.
  2. Identify the primary source of the leak.
  3. Document any and all damage (date, time, photos, description, etc.).
  4. If necessary, call your insurance company.
  5. Call in the professionals or DIY to fix any damage caused by the leak.
  6. Look for any secondary impacts caused by the leak, such as mold or mildew.

It’s important that everyone learn the ins and outs of their plumbing system to avoid costly repairs or surprise damages. Not only does it help protect your home and family, but you also help reduce any wasteful impacts to our water sources.
Enjoy Fix a Leak Week! Best of luck to all you DIY’ers!

Article Sources

Detect and Chase Down Leaks With Watersense
EPA- Fix a Leak Week
Home is Being Destroyed- Act Now.
How To Find Water Leaks In Your Home’s Plumbing
Dangers and Causes of Hidden Water Leaks in the House

Want to Learn More?

EPA- At Home Activity
Home Water Works
YouTube ~ Just search “Plumbing”
WaterSense- Fix a Leak Week

Other Resources

wikiHow- Find a Water Leak in Your House
Fancy Pants Homes- Common Household Water Leaks to Watch Out For/
Water Use It Wisely- Fix a Leak Week/
White House Utility District- Fix a Leak Week/

For Kids

EPA- Student Fact Sheet
EPA- Leak Detective

By |2022-04-01T22:12:02-05:00March 1st, 2022|Archive|

MUD Tax Payment Options

For the MUD Tax, there are a few payment options.

ASW does accept payments via the post with either personal check, cashier’s check, and money order. A homeowner may also visit us at one of our offices, as we accept cash payments onsite as well.

For electronic payments, homeowners can visit our website www.aswtax.com or call 888-477-0870 to make payments with a credit card or electronic check. Please keep in mind that these payments are accepted through a third-party, therefore there is a 2.99% fee.

One option is also for an electronic payment via bill payment through a homeowner’s personal bank. He/She would have to contact or setup through bank’s website directly and set up Cypress Hill MUD as a payee. Once setup, the bank may send the payment(s) on the homeowner’s behalf.

By |2022-04-09T09:17:38-05:00February 9th, 2022|Archive|

Trash Service Update 2/15/2021

Due to the safety of employees, residents and closure of landfills, Best Trash has made the decision to suspend services for Monday, 2/15/2021 and Tuesday, 2/16/2021. We are hopeful to be able to resume normal service on Wednesday, 2/17/2021. Please share this information with others in your neighborhood. For additional trash updates check back here or visit Best Trash online at www.best-trash.com

By |2021-02-19T22:00:28-06:00February 15th, 2021|Archive|

Freeze Watch

Cypress Hill MUD 1 residents, it is time to prepare for colder temperatures! There is a Freeze Watch in effect for Sunday night through Tuesday morning, February 14th – February 16, 2021. Temperatures are expected to drop to freezing levels overnight.

How can District residents prepare? Practice the “Four P’s” as the cold fronts set in:

People:

  • Dress in warm clothing, wear coats and gloves when outdoors.
  • Protect children and the elderly. Never leave them in a cold place or vehicle.
  • Temperatures are predicted to be in the teens Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Pets:

  • Bring your pets indoors.
  • Provide a warm, safe place for them to eat and sleep.

Pipes:

  • Prevent frozen pipes and damage to your home by opening the cabinets under the kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow warm air to circulate and warm the pipes.
  • Insulate outdoor faucets and exposed pipes and be sure to disconnect and drain hoses from outdoor spigots.

Plants:

  • Protect plants from freezing by covering them with plant-cover fabric, or a light blanket with plastic sheeting on top of it.
  • Hydrate plants early so they can absorb and stay healthy through the cold.

Additionally, there are a few vehicle-safety tips to observe during winter weather:

  • Keep your gas tank full.
  • Have tire pressure checked.
  • Have a phone charger, first aid kit, blankets, and jumper cables in your car.
  • Check local road conditions at www.houstontranstar.org. State highway information available at www.drivetexas.org.

Lastly, Fire Departments have provided some safety tips surrounding space heaters and other supplemental heating sources during the colder days:

  • Never leave a space heater unattended or a child unattended with a space heater.
  • Keep all combustible materials (including yourself!) at least three (3) feet away from the heater.
  • Never overload outlets or breakers.
  • Do not use extension cords for the heater.
  • Always turn it off if leaving the room and/or going to sleep.
By |2021-03-06T12:53:04-06:00February 11th, 2021|Archive|

No Boil Water Notice

Cypress Hill Municipal Utility District residents may have learned that there was a main line break that is affecting the City of Houston. A boil water notice has been suggested for residents of the City of Houston only.

This news post is to let Cypress Hill MUD residents know this suggested boil water notice and main line break will not affect the District. The District does not receive any service or water from the City of Houston, and the system is working as designed and without issue.

Again, the District will not be affected in any way by the situation in the City of Houston.

By |2021-03-06T12:53:36-06:00February 28th, 2020|Archive|

Thanksgiving Trash Pickup Schedule

Wishing You A Happy Thanksgiving

Holiday Trash Pickup Schedule

Thursday, November 28, 2019, Thanksgiving will be a holiday observed by Best Trash. Trash services that are normally on Thursday will resume collection on Monday, December 2, 2019. Please take a look at the Best Trash Holiday Schedule for more information.

Please always remember to have your trash and/or recycle out by 7am on your service day.

By |2020-01-22T14:44:52-06:00October 15th, 2019|Archive|

Cypress Hill Board Proposes a Lower Tax Rate for 2019

The Cypress Hill MUD Board is proposing to set a 2019 tax rate of $0.72 per $100 assessed valuation, a reduction of 3 cents from the 2018 tax rate of $0.75. The Board continues to reduce its tax rate as its finances permit, going from a tax rate of $1.25 in 2006 to a proposed tax rate of $0.72 in 2019.

Because appraised values in the District have increased over 2018 values, taxpayers can expect a tax bill from the District in approximately the same amount as last year.

The District cautions that other political subdivisions (like Harris County) plan to increase their tax rate so taxpayers may see an overall increase in their tax bills. Taxes are due on January 31, 2020.

The District welcomes comments on the proposed tax rate at its next meeting to be held on October 18, 2019 at 11 a.m., at the Sydney Harbour Clubhouse. Written comments may be sent through the contact form on the website. The tax rate will be finalized after the public comment period on October 18.

By |2021-03-06T12:53:52-06:00September 23rd, 2019|Archive|

Cypress Creek Watershed

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is kicking off an effort to develop a Watershed Protection Plan for Cypress Creek. The aim of this project is to develop locally-supported, voluntary strategies to reduce sources of pollution, primarily bacteria, within the watershed.
The first public information meetings for this project will be held:

One of the purposes of these introductory meetings will be to receive nominations of local stakeholders to serve on a Steering Committee to provide overall guidance for this project. There will also be other opportunities for public feedback as the project moves forward.
Additional information on the project can be found at www.cypresspartnership.com.

By |2019-08-08T14:38:41-05:00July 11th, 2019|Archive|

Memorial Day Service Notice

Remember This Memorial Day….

“All Gave Some, Some Gave All.”

Holiday Closing Notice

Monday, May 27, 2019, Memorial Day will be a holiday observed by Best Trash. Trash services that are normally on Monday will resume collection on Thursday, May 30th, 2019. Please take a look at the Best Trash Holiday Schedule for more information.

For recycle which is normally serviced on Monday, Best Trash will resume recycle collection on Monday, June 3rd, 2019.

Please always remember to have your trash and/or recycle out by 7am on your service day.

By |2019-05-31T11:03:58-05:00May 22nd, 2019|Archive|
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