Sweetwater Plumbing Blog : Posts Tagged ‘leak detection’

Here Are the Best Tools for Professional Leak Detection

Monday, July 16th, 2018

leak-in-pipeProfessional plumbers are invaluable when it comes to most plumbing services, from something as basic as unclogging a drain to complex jobs involving new construction plumbing installation. One of the most important jobs a professional plumber offers is leak detection. Leaks are common in homes and commercial buildings and they’re difficult to spot most of the time. To find leaks and then be able to repair them, professional plumbers use a variety of special tools. Below are some of the leak detection equipment that our plumbers use on the job.

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The Major Warning Signs You’ve Got a Slab Leak

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

finger-plugging-leakSlab leaks are bad news for a home—they’re one of the most destructive types of plumbing problems, leading to a huge waste of water, flooding in the lowest parts of the building, and health problems from mold growth. But if you catch signs of a slab leak early enough, you can have our expert plumbers on the job to fix it. The sooner we can stop the leak, the easier the work and the less it will cost. Best of all, you won’t have water seeping up into your home through the floorboards!

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What You Need to Know About Leaks in the Plumbing

Monday, May 21st, 2018

leak-in-pipeHousehold plumbing can suffer from leaks. That’s just the way things are: the finest plumbing installation and maintenance work can’t prevent all potential leaks. The best way to deal with leaks is to have them fixed as soon as possible—and most of the time, that means calling a professional, licensed plumber.

Below are a few facts about leaks in your home we think you should know:

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Think You Have a Water Leak? Don’t Wait to Call for a Plumber

Monday, January 29th, 2018

leaking-pipeAfter the clogged drain, the water leak is the most common and persistent trouble affecting home plumbing. Leaks in pipes and valves creates water damage, lowers water pressure throughout a plumbing system, wastes water, and can even create unhealthy conditions. For example, you don’t want leaks in sewer lines allowing bacteria and other contaminants into your house, and even fresh water leaks can create the growth of harmful molds.

This list of leaky plumbing problems is one of the reasons you should never wait to call a professional plumber to fix a leak. Any plumber will tell you that there’s no such thing as a “minor” leak. A leak can be small, but the accumulation of water still causes plenty of damage. Small leaks often get the opportunity to create problems because people brush them off and delay calling for a pro to fix them.

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Why Is My Ceiling Leaking?

Monday, January 1st, 2018

question-mark-badgeWater leaking from the ceiling of a house typically means the roof is damaged. Or at least it does in most parts of the country. But here in Southern California, where rain is uncommon, the sight of water dripping from the ceiling usually happens when there’s no rainfall on the roof. The dripping water comes slowly from a spot on the ceiling where there’s a growing spot of discoloration. This is a sign of a leaky pipe in the plumbing.

If you notice this happening, don’t delay at getting it fixed. Leaking pipes are a problem requiring a professional plumber in Corona, CA or wherever you live in Southern California. Don’t turn to amateurs, and don’t attempt to fix the problem on your own.

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Slab Leaks Are Tricky: Here’s How a Plumber Locates One

Monday, December 18th, 2017

slab-leak-crack-in-foundationThere are few plumbing problems a home might encounter that present more difficulties than a slab leak. What’s a slab leak? It’s the name for a leak in the pipes laid in the concrete foundation of a building. These leaks can occur in either hot water or cold water lines (around 80% are in the hot water lines) and lead to extensive water waste and eventually damage to the foundations.

What makes slab leaks a tough plumbing repair is that they’re difficult to locate and then to reach. Skilled plumbers can use a variety of methods to fix a slab leak once they’ve gotten its location. Using a jackhammer to dig directly down is one option, but plumbers can often use lateral tools to avoid excavation and instead put in new pipes to bypass the leaking section.

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How a Professional Plumber Fixes Slab Leaks

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

water-line-repairWe’ve talked before about slab leaks, one of the more difficult problems when it comes to residential plumbing, but we’ll go over them again to give you an idea what you (and our plumbers) are dealing with.

A slab leak is any pipe leak set down in granite or other hardscaping on a residential (or commercial) property. In most cases, when plumbers talk about slab leaks, they are specifically talking about leaks in the cold water and hot water pipes down in the foundation of a house, although pipes in slabs can be found elsewhere. Around 80% of slab leaks happen in hot water pipes, which expand with heat to abrade faster against the stones around them.

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A Few Spring Checks for Your Plumbing

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

tulips-in-springPlumbing in Southern California has a major advantage over that in much of the rest of the country: no intense low temperatures during the winter! This means pipes aren’t in danger of freezing, leaving homes with seriously damaged plumbing systems when the spring weather starts. And without snowmelt, there’s less worrying about problems with sump pumps.

However, we still recommend you make a few checks of your home’s plumbing in Riverside, CA and elsewhere in So. Cal this spring. You may catch some issues, allowing you to have them repaired early by our professionals.

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Water Stains on the Ceiling: What’s Going On?

Monday, May 8th, 2017

leak-in-pipeIt’s not always easy to know where something is amiss with your household plumbing system. Sure, when you suddenly have no water coming out of your taps or the toilet starts to overflow, you’ll be certain you have a problem. (Thankfully, you can reach us 24 hours a day for emergency plumbing service.) But leaks and corrosion in plumbing can often go undetected for weeks, months, or even years before people notice them—and by that time serious damage and massive water waste will already have occurred.

We’re going to take a look at one sign of plumbing trouble you might see in your house; it’s a common one, the stain on the ceiling. When you suspect it’s time for plumbing repairs in Pomona, CA, give us a holler and we’ll be there to help out.

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Ways to Know That You Have a Hidden Plumbing Leak

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

One of the important services that we provide for homeowners is leak detection. Since much of the plumbing in a house remains hidden from site in ceilings and walls, it’s difficult to even know that leaks are occurring, much less where the offending pipes are located.

However, this leads to an obvious question: if you don’t know that leaks are happening, how will you know you need professionals leak detection?

There are a number of signs, some of which are subtle, that will warn you that there are pipes leaking somewhere in your house. If you notice one or more of these leak indications, contact our plumbers. They’ll handle finding the leak and then how to fix it.

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