When it comes to owning a home there is one unfortunate truth, no plumbing system is perfect. That is why proper maintenance such as frequent drain cleaning & annual plumbing inspections are so vital. Scheduling these services can go a long way in ensuring that your home never suffers from catastrophic plumbing emergencies. Or at the very least, they will give a qualified plumbers an opportunity to catch issues fast, before they turn into larger, costlier issues. Slab leaks are a great example of such an issue.
You might be asking yourself, what exactly makes slab leaks such a formidable and dangerous issue in the world of plumbing issues? After all, plumbing leaks, it’s what it does. Faucets drip, toilets run, and the occasional pipe will leak at the joint or due to errosion. So what’s all the fuss about?
Owning a home comes with a lot of responsibility. It also comes with a lot of frustration, especially if your home has a basement. Homes with basements in Mesquite, TX and the surrounding communities often experience water in the basements. Why? There are various causes, such as high water tables, cracks in the foundation, holes in the walls, broken pipes inside the home and more. You need to stop leaks before they wind up ruining the basement of your home. Here are some tips from the experienced team at Metroplex Leak & Line Locators that you can follow as a homeowner to prevent leaks in your basement.
One of the best ways to prevent leaks from entering and ruining your basement is to maintain the exterior of the home. Many homeowners don’t realize how important this task is, especially when they think that the foundation is there to do the work for them. The majority of basement leaks are traced back to a problem on the exterior of the home.
Take a look at the gutters of your home. Are they pointed away from the foundation? Do you have the gutters cleaned regularly? All gutters should face away from the foundation and should be cleaned out a couple times per year. Clogged gutters cause water to overflow and pool at the base of the foundation. This water can easily find its way into your basement via the tiniest of cracks in the wall. If necessary, purchase an extension for the gutters so they drain anywhere from four to five feet away from the foundation. You can also bury the gutters and have them drain at the street.
Examine the actual foundation of the home and the ground around it. Does the grade slope towards the home? If so, this can be the source of any water seeping into the basement. You will need to have top soil added to fix the slope so it is now moving away from the home at a rate of at least a one-quarter of an inch per foot.
If the basement is unfinished, you will easily be able to check for cracks and holes in the cement walls and floor. As mentioned earlier, the tiniest of cracks in the wall could cause water to enter the basement and pool on the floor. Check the walls and floor for any cracks of holes. If there are none present you can apply a waterproofing paint or cement coating to prevent them from developing in the future. If there are cracks or holes present, you will need to have them professionally repaired before applying any type of finish to the walls or floor.
A sump pump is a great tool to have in the basement of your home. Especially if your home has a history of water in the basement.. A sump pump will take any water in the basement and remove it using a pump and drain pipe that has been installed by a plumber. The pump will only activate when there’s enough water in the tank to activate the pump’s switch.
Is there already a sump pump installed in your basement? Do you still notice water pooling on the floor? If so, the sump pump likely needs to be repaired. It’s best to have a trusted plumber investigate the pump to find out exactly what is wrong with it. This will ensure that the pump is repaired properly and begins working efficiently again so it can keep your basement dry as a bone during the next storm.
The first step in resolving a leak in your basement is to conduct leak detection. You need to find the source of the leak before doing anything in terms of repairs. Leak detection is best completed with the help of an experienced plumber, especially when there might be pipes involved or an appliance like a sump pump.
Does your basement experience leaks when it rains? Does water leak into your basement from the exterior around the foundation? Either way, it’s best to have a licensed and trusted plumber visit your home to investigate the source of the leak.
The garbage disposal is one of the most helpful appliances you can have in your home. This appliance is installed underneath kitchen sinks in homes that have a sewer connection, not a septic tank. The garbage disposal makes it easier to get rid of food debris after cooking and then eating a meal. You shouldn’t throw every piece of food you don’t save down the garbage disposal, as it can become clogged. If you notice that the disposal has stopped working properly, or if you discover a leak, you need to have the appliance repaired as soon as possible by the trusted team from Metroplex Leak & Line Locators in Mesquite, TX.
For plumbing leaks that are visible to the naked eye like those that occur in faucets, bathroom fixtures, or underneath kitchen sinks, repairs are usually pretty simple. Typically they need only a small tweak like an o-ring or washer replacement or a shower cartridge swap to put an end to the dripping. For hidden leaks, the ones that occur inside walls and under slabs, the repair process can be much more involved. Instead of dealing with an above surface plumbing fixture, you may be dealing with a leaking pipe. Leaking pipes can wreak havoc on your home.
When pipes corrode and deteriorate they can become the source of endless issues for you to deal with. From foundation shifts to full on flooding of your home, there is no shortage of ways a pipe leak can cause you grief. In this blog post we’ll show you what to look out for in order to identify pipe leaks in their early stages before they have a chance to cause catastrophic damage to your home.
Discovering a leak in your home’s plumbing is not the best way to start your day. Plumbing leaks can pop up in many places throughout your home. Often times they occur in areas that are concealed like under flooring or inside walls. Having a leak located and repaired quickly can save you thousands of dollars in property damage. Below we have outlined some of the most common causes of water leaks and how to prevent them from happening in the first place.
When a leak occurs in a single or multiple pipes running under a home’s “slab” or cement foundation, it is referred to as a slab leak. Slab leaks are very difficult for homeowners to discover and nearly impossible to pinpoint at their precise location due to the hidden nature of the leaks. Specialized equipment and techniques are often required to pinpoint the leak’s location in the pipe. From there excavation is usually required to expose the damaged line for repair.
In the more than 25 years that Metroplex Leak & Line Locators has been in business isolating, pinpointing, and repairing plumbing leaks in Dallas Texas, we have developed a few techniques that are unique to us. It is our approach to leak location coupled with our investment in state-of-the-art technology that has allowed us to become the leading plumbers providing leak detection in all of Dallas.
Below we will discuss some of the techniques and tools that we use and those used by other plumbers to locate and repair slab leaks in residential homes.
If you have ever called in to a plumbing company to request leak detection service for your home or business chances are high that you’ve also asked them how they find the leaks. It is very likely that the response you received was, “we listen for leaks.” To which your likely response was, “well… umm… I can do that!” What they may have failed to share was that they utilize highly specialized, ultra sensitive listening equipment to listen for running water and dripping. Think of it like a mega-charged stethoscope. The equipment is extremely costly and takes a high degree of training to operate but it can save homeowners thousands of dollars by providing fast leak detection and removing the need to jackhammer through their slab foundation to expose a leak’s location.
When plumbing leaks occur in fresh water lines it is usually an easier task to locate and repair than when they occur in a sewer line. Sewer lines are responsible for carrying waste water away from a home and into the city’s sewer system or an on-property septic tank. Because they carry more than just potable water, sewer lines have a larger diameter than fresh water pipes. That larger diameter has led to the advent of the sewer camera. Just like the name implies, a sewer camera is a camera that can be pushed through a sewer line to explore the line for breaks, intrusions, and other leaks. The video feed of the inspection is fed back to a monitor located beside the plumber running the camera providing both the plumber & homeowner with an interior view of their pipe.
Electromagnetic locators are another useful tool in locating hidden plumbing leaks. Not especially good for locating the exact location of a leak per se, cable and line locators as they are also known, are great at locating and tracing utility lines & metal pipes. They can help a plumber map out a homes pipes and plumbnig system while exposing anomalies along the way.
Another tool in the plumbing arsenal for locating leaks is a gas tracer system. Just as the name implies gas tracer systems are effective for locating the source of gas leaks. Used across many industries, like the pertrochemical industry, and the automotive industry, gas tracer systems are accurate and fast, two things to be appreciated when dealing with potentially fatal gas line leaks.
The final tool on our list is perhaps the most important to possess: a plumbers experience and intuition. When you run a business like ours, where 90% of the service calls you run are for plumbing leaks, you get plenty of practice diagnosing and pinpointing the location of leaks. After nearly 30 years in this business we have seen thousands of different leak types and our team of dedicated plumbing contractors has had the ability to get darn good at finding them, fast. Without the proper training, ongoing education, and experience, all of the high-powered tools available to us would be useless.
When we go out to a home to fix a plumbing leak the number one issue we see is homeowners have let leaks go without repair for far too long. Typically homeowners see leaks as the source of annoying sounds or inconvenient pools of water that need cleaning. We find that the very real threats that plumbing leaks pose are often ignored. In this blog post we will talk about water leaks and how to find and fix them throughout your home.
It goes without saying that in order to repair a leaking faucet or running toilet, you must first identify which fixture is leaking. For most homeowners this will be simple and straightforward. They will be able to follow the dreaded drip…drip…dripping sound right to the source.
Whenever a leak is present in a pipe that is located under your homes foundation, it is called a slab leak. Slab leaks are primarily caused by shifting soil that leads to movement in plumbing pipes. The major problems presented with slab leaks are their hidden nature and difficulty to access. If left unrepaired slab leaks can cause serious damage to your homes foundation and lead to more pipe shifting and more slab leaks down the line.Continue reading “4 Reasons To Fix That Slab Leak Today!” »
Imagine if you will that it is just another ordinary day in Dallas. You’ve just arrived home a long day at work, you walk outside to the mailbox and grab your mail. You walk back inside and begin going through the assortment of advertisements, junk, & bills, and you come across your water bill for the the last months usage.
You tear open the envelope holding a bill you anticipate to be within a few dollars of any other month. After all this last month was like any other. There is no good reason that comes to mind that would justify a significant increase in your overall water usage. However, this month’s bill is 2-3x what it normally is!
As one of the most highly recommended, referred, & reviewed companies providing leak detection in the Dallas area, Metroplex Leak & Line Locators fields many phone calls from concerned homeowners about locating & repairing plumbing leaks. While some homeowners may experience obvious leaks like those caused by burst pipes, or a failing hot water heater tank, most homeowners find themselves suffering from leaks that they cannot identify. From smaller leaks, like those from drippy faucets, to larger leaks like the ones found under slab foundations, we locate & repair them all.
Below are some of most common questions we receive along with their answers.
There are no shortage of factors that can contribute to a plumbing leak. Amongst the most common are poorly maintained plumbing systems, corroded/rusted pipes, high water pressure, foundation shifts, or soil conditions that change over time.