Just as the name implies, a plumbing inspection is a service provided by a licensed plumber who will come to your home and inspect all of the various facets of your plumbing system. In most cases, the inspection starts at the meter coming off of the city main and continues on through your yard and home and back out to where your drain connects to the city sewer system. Most often, this is a service that is requested when you are thinking about buying a new home and want to know that the house has good plumbing, or when you are about to sell your home and want to know that there are no issues that could hold up an offer on your place.
Most homeowners are not at all familiar with all of the pipes, fittings, and fixtures that make up the plumbing system in their homes. And that is because all we really want to know is that when we turn on a faucet or shower, we are going to get water. But there can be times when your plumbing is trying to tell you something very, VERY important. And the message is that you have a leak in your home somewhere. So understanding a few simple hints can save you a great deal of time, money, and frustration.
One of many homeowners biggest complaints about their plumbing is that the water pressure seems to have dropped. In most cases the drop is significant enough to be noticed when filling a large pot for cooking, filling the bathtub, or even when showering. And the mistake that most homeowners make is deciding to just deal with the lower water pressure, thinking that it must be due to new construction in the area or something else that is not fixable. However, a call to your professional plumber can often yield very good results that will restore your water pressure.
In many situations, finding the leak in your plumbing is as simple as locating the puddle of water on the floor, the wet section of drywall or ceiling tile. But when you get a huge water bill that you can’t explain or find that your water pressure has suddenly dropped significantly, then you are likely to be facing a hidden leak. And at this point, most homeowners can only imagine a plumber going through the house with a sledgehammer knocking holes in walls, floors, and the ceiling. But rest assured, that is not how a professional plumber is going to locate a leak in your home.
The main water line or the mainline as it is sometimes called is the single water service line that carries all of the water into your home from the city water service. And while we all know that this single pipe is the only way that we get water to drink, bathe with and use for a multitude of other things, we never really stop to consider the age of the piping. It might surprise you to know that the life expectancy of this very critical pipe is as little as 40 years or as long as 80 years on average. But there is a great deal more than you should know when thinking about the main water supply line to your home.
A broken plumbing pipe in your home will strike fear into even the handiest of homeowners. The potential for massive damage to your home and even danger to the health of everyone in your home should be at the front of your mind. Even a small leak is a very serious matter and should be repaired by a professional. The highly skilled tradesmen at Metroplex Leak and Line Locators have been solving Mesquite, TX homeowners plumbing issues for three decades. A single call to 214-388-4525 is the first step in repairing your leak and minimizing the damage to your home and the danger to your loved ones.
Many homes in the Mesquite, TX area are built on slabs, which can make what should have been a simple plumbing repair, a complex and expensive endeavor. And in some cases, as the temperature changes and the soil around the pipes shift, the concrete slab will actually cause the pipe to crack and leak. And the most unfortunate part of this is that homeowners might not even know that they have a leak until the water begins to show on the floor of your home. If you believe you have a leak in or under the slab of your home, contact the experts at Metroplex Leak & Line Locators immediately at 214-388-4525.
Sewer lines are definitely one of many things that homeowners can take for granted until there is an issue. These pipes are underground and carry the black and grey water from your home to the city sewer system. And as everything does, sewer lines are subject to wear out as well as being damaged. When this happens, homeowners need a plumbing repair service that they can trust to get the repairs made quickly and correctly. For 30 years, the residents of the Mesquite, TX have been relying on Metroplex Leak and Line Locators to bail them out when any plumbing issues arise. A call to 214-388-4525 will connect you to our customer service representative who can assist you in scheduling a repair technician.
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.