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!
When it comes to finding water leaks in a homes plumbing system, unless the water leak is visible to the naked eye, specialized equipment is typically necessary to pinpoint it’s location. Short of spending tens of thousands of dollars on high powered listening devices, hiring a local leak detection company is the only option. However, if we are talking about first figuring out if a leak is present that might need locating there are several things any homeowner can do on their own to answer this question.
The first option is to check your home’s water meter.
Step 1A: Make sure no water is being used either inside or outside of the home. Turn off all outdoor faucets, close all indoor taps, and make sure washing machines and dishwashers are not in use.
Step 2A: Locate your home’s water meter. Monitor it for a 2-3 minutes at minimum and see if the dial on the meter is moving. If it is then you have now gotten confirmation of a hidden water leak in your home.
Notes: Sometimes with smaller leaks the dial may not move in such a short time. Sometimes it may take up to 2-3 hours to notice a change in the meters dial. You do not have to stare at the meter for 3 hours. Simply make a note of the meters reading, come back to the meter in a few hours and if the dial has moved, bingo, you’ve identified a potential plumbing leak.
If you encounter a leak anywhere in your home it could be due to numerous things. You might have an improperly connected appliance. You might have a clog in a drain. You very well could have a broken parts in your toilet or sink. What you might not be thinking about is the possibility of a broken pipe. A broken pipe can cause quite a bit of damage to your home, especially if you don’t know where the break is or if you don’t have direct access to the break. Once you realize you have a significant plumbing problem you need to contact an experienced plumber in Mesquite, TX to examine your home, find the break, and make the necessary repairs to get you free of a leak immediately. Let’s take a look at the most common causes of broken pipes in the home in today’s post.
There are quite a few responsibilities that homeowners have in order to keep things running smoothly as often as possible. One of those responsibilities is performing routine plumbing maintenance. You can either perform the maintenance yourself or bring in an experienced Mesquite, TX plumber to handle the maintenance on a regular basis. Today, we will take a look at the different types of maintenance you should perform in various areas of your home throughout the year to keep the plumbing working and flowing well.
One of the first places you should start when it comes to regular maintenance for your plumbing is in the kitchen. The kitchen sink gets quite a bit of use each day by every member of your household. This includes adults and children. So many different things can be sent down the drain, including food, oil, grease and other debris that shouldn’t go down there. Kitchen sink maintenance tips include the following: