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Frequently Asked Questions About Leak Detection

pipe-copper-leakingWe’re a full-service plumbing contractor offering both residential and commercial plumbing in Pomona, CA and throughout Southern California. We take pride in handling all jobs, large and small. And one of the most critical jobs we offer is leak detection. It’s basically what it sounds like: searching out hidden leaks in a building so we know how we can fix them.

But leak detection is a much more complicated business than just looking around for spots of water damage. (Although visual inspections are part of most jobs). Customers often have questions about leak detection, and we’ve put together answers to the ones we hear most often.

How do I even know I need leak detection if the leaks are hidden?

Ah yes, the great paradox. There are two answers to this question.

First, we strongly recommend any home or business have leak detection done as a preventive service every few years or so. The plumber may find no leaks. Or they may find small ones, in which case you’ll be glad to have the issue solved early when its small.

Second, there are warning signs you may have hidden leaks, and if you notice any of them, it’s time to arrange for leak detection. These signs include:

  • High water bills
  • A water heater turning on and off at odd times
  • A rise in mold, mildew, and humidity in the building
  • Patches of discoloration on the wall or ceiling
  • Warped floorboards

How do you do leak detection?

There’s no one single way to do the job. We use a variety of techniques and tools, starting with visual checks. Depending on the situation, we will then use acoustic listening devices, thermal scanners, video pipe cameras, and other non-invasive tools that won’t disrupt the building.

Can I purchase this equipment to do the job myself?

No. For one thing, the equipment is expensive, and you need multiple different devices to be able to do a complete job. For another, the equipment isn’t like a point-and-shoot camera. It requires specialized training to be able to handle. It’s quicker, easier, and less expensive to go straight to a professional.

How precise is this process?

Far more precise than low tech methods some plumbers may use. We can narrow down the location of almost all leaks to the point where little excavation is necessary to reach any leaking pipe. The locating equipment also tells us the best way to go about handling any repairs.

Don’t most plumbers offer leak detection?

Yes, almost all professional plumbing contractors provide leak detection of some type. (Amateurs may say they do, but please never hire an amateur plumber to do any work for you!) However, not every plumbing contractor has the tools, resources, and training that the team at Sweetwater Plumbing has. Or the accessibility. We serve all of Southern California, and we’re always open for business—24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter if you have a small home or a large commercial building, we can handle the advanced leak detection necessary to get the job done right.

Request leak detection service for your home or business. At Sweetwater Plumbing, we don’t charge by the hour—we charge by the job!

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