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.
If the water in your home is normally clean, crisp, & clear a sudden shift in taste or appearance might come across as quite the surprise. When this happens, a common culprit is rust that is finding it’s way into your homes fresh water lines. Amongst the most common causes are damaged pipes that have begun to decay due to old age, or a water heater tank filled with sediment and rust. A less common cause could be rusty water flowing into your home from the city’s water supply via the main line that runs from the city utilities line to your home. No matter the cause the exact source should be identified and fixed asap.
Below we will outline a few ways you can narrow down the potential source of the problem before calling in a local plumber to assist you.
Leaks are trouble for home and business owners alike. There are no two ways about it. Increasingly high water bills, compromised foundations, damaged walls & ceilings, the list of ways in which water leaks can damage a property is a long one. When leaks are obvious, meaning you can see and locate the source quickly & easily, taking action to repair them is usually quick and simple. It’s sneaky, pesky, hidden plumbing leaks that cause the real headaches, though. That is where the expertise and experience of a company like ours comes in. We’re leak detectives of sorts. A company that was birthed out of the necessity to locate & repair hidden plumbing leaks throughout the Dallas Fort Worth Metro.
Throughout the 20+ years we’ve spent locating water leaks throughout the DFW we’ve developed some great DIY leak location tips to share with you.
For most homeowners the quickest and easiest way of determing the presence of a water leak is to take a look at their water meter. To utilize your homes water meter to diagnose a leak, a small bit of effort is required.
1- Turn off the water supply to your home. To do this, locate your homes emergency water shutoff valve and turn it to off.
2- Turn all taps & faucets in your home to the off position as well. Water consuming appliances should also be turned off.
3- Once all faucets and water consuming appliances are closed/off locate your homes water meter. Watch the meter closely. Is the meter moving? If you notice any movement on your water meter while no one’s using any water in your home, you can be certain that a plumbing leak is present.
The speed of the meter movement is an important detail to note. The faster the movement, the bigger the leak.
When it comes to plumbing leaks, most homeowners’ first reaction is to go online and search for a local plumber. Plumbers are skilled at plumbing after all. It just makes sense. What would come as a surprise to most home and busines owners across the Greater Dallas Fort-Worth area is that most plumbing companies do not actually locate plumbing leaks themselves. Instead, many of them call in companies like ours to do it.
Aside from some basic trouble shooting and determining the general location of the leak, ie indoors vs outdoors, most plumbers are typically left scratching their heads when it comes to isolating & pinpointing a plumbing leak! That’s where companies like Metroplex Leak & Line Locators come in!