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Leak Detection and Pipe Leak Repair

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Leak Detection and Pipe Leak Repair

Minimize expensive damage by keeping on top of leak detection and pipe leak repair.

Leaks in your pipes, even small cracks, can quickly get out of control, becoming a very expensive problem. A small leak with no surrounding water damage can escalate into flooding with extensive water damage in no time.  Plumbing leaks never fix themselves, which is why you should never ignore a pipe leak.  When you suspect a water leak, you want to immediately seek out a leak detection and pipe leak repair service.  You can never save any money by procrastinating on finding a water leak and repairing it.  If anything, it will only get more expensive.

Whether you have water pouring from your ceiling, noticed a new drip, or have a leaking bathroom, kitchen sink, we can always ready to help with water leak detection and repairs. Our plumbing and leak detection specialists are available throughout Central California. Fresno Plumbers is a plumbing and leak detection company serving Fresno and Clovis, California, and surrounding areas.

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Where do leaks come from?

Water leaks happen for many reasons. You have a lot of hot, pressurized water going through your pipes every day. Even though your water pipes are designed to withstand these conditions, they will fail, leading to cracks and broken pipes. If not addressed, water will begin to cut through and erode through the joints and walls in your pipes. Corrosion, rust, and clogs can also lead to lead to leaking water.

Before you can go about repairing a leaking pipe, you need to go about finding it. They are often difficult to find because they are essentially hidden leaks under concrete slabs, behind walls, and above ceilings. The first step to fixing a plumbing leak is finding it. This begs the question, what are some common reasons for pipe leaks?

Water Pressure

The more pressurized your water is, the faster it’ll shoot through your pipes. The higher the velocity of the water moving through the pipes, the rougher it’ll be on the inside of your pipes. Over time, the pipe will be worn away enough that tiny hairline fractures will be worn into them by the water.

When water passes through the part of the pipe that’s worn away, the pressure of open water in the closed system will suck the water out causing leakage. If you think you might have a leak, don’t wait until for it to become a bigger problem, contact a professional plumber.

Pipe Joints

Location sometimes matters when it comes to pipe leaks. Most water leaks occur near or in a pipe joint, where one pipe connects to another. When water passes through joints on its way through the system, it gets shaken up as it is forced to squeeze and swirl between pipes. This little bit of turbulence makes the pipe walling around the joint wear down quicker.

Additionally, the glue holding PVC pipes together or the soldering between copper pipe joints weakens over time. As a result, we recommend that you check pipe joints periodically to make sure your plumbing system is in good shape

Hard Water

The type of water making way through your pipes is also a factor in causing leaky pipes. If your home is ‘mineral-heavy, or uses hard-water, it’ll eat through pipe walls more quickly. Alkaline minerals can build up into clogs, making it hard on pipes. A low pH value can also affect corrosion. Slightly acidic water will eat away at the lining of the pipe, weakening it and making it more vulnerable to wear and damage.

How can I detect a water leak in my home?

Oftentimes, people learn about a water leak, after first discovering water damage. Fortunately, there are ways to check if you have a leak before you call leak detection services. Activities you can do to determine if water is leaking are to follow the steps outlined below.

Increased Water Bills

If your water bill has gone up in the past month or two without a change in your water use, it could indicate a leak.

Check your Water Meter

First, make sure no one is using any water in your house. Tell your family members or roommates to hold off on taking a shower, flushing a toilet or using any sinks, including bathroom sinks.

Your water meter is likely outside, near the front of your house, in a covered box. Your meter could have a leak indicator, although its appearance will depend on the brand.

In any case, you should notice an indicator or dial that moves when water is being used. If you’re sure no one is using water and the dial is moving, then chances are you have water leaking somewhere.

To double check, write down the numbers listed on the meter. After writing down the number of the meter, wait 30 minutes, making sure nobody uses any water during that time. After the 30 minutes has passed, go back and read the water meter. If the number has changed from the number you have written down, you most likely have leaks coming from somewhere.

Find the Source of Your Water Leak

Once you have determined that you have a leak, narrow down whether the leak’s location is inside or outside your home. Find your home’s main shut-off valve and shut off your water. Then, check your meter once again. If the dial is no longer moving, it means that the leak stopped when you turned your water off and is inside your house.

If the dial is still moving or there’s a change in the meter’s readings, then your leak is somewhere in the pipes outside of your home. Now that you’ve determined whether the leak is inside or outside your house, you can try to locate the leak.

Indoor Pipe or Toilet Leak

Start by turning your water off again. Work your way up from the lowest level of your house, checking every pipe you and listening closely for dripping. Your leak could be in your walls.

Check toilets by taking the cover off the tank and listening for any noises. If you can’t find a leak this way, put a few drops of food coloring into the toilet tank. If the food coloring shows up in the toilet bowl after an hour, you have a leak.

Another way is to turn off the water supply at the base of the toilet, record the water level inside the tank, and wait. After an hour, check to see if the water level within the tank changed. If the water level changes, there is a leak in the flush valve or flapper. If the water level is the same but you still suspect a leaky toilet, the leak is coming from the toilet’s float or refill valve or float. Don’t panic! Toilets can be fixed.

How do I find outdoor leaks?

If your leak is outside your home, check each of your exterior spigots. Listen for any sounds of running water or dripping. If you have a swimming pool, check for leaking in all of the components, including the lining, pipes, and pump.

If you think the leak is underground, in your irrigation system or service line, go into your yard and look for soft patches, muddy soil, or anywhere the grass is greener than the rest of the yard.

Why you should leave leak detection and repair to the pros.

If you ran all of the tests described above, and still can’t find the source of the leak, you should still contact a leak detection and repair service. Slab leaks are under floors and can lead to significant damage, if not addressed. Qualified plumbers will have the tools, equipment, and expertise to locate and repair leaks in your water systems.

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Looking for urgent, emergency water leak detection and pipe leak repair services in Fresno and Clovis, CA?  Contact us or call (559) 500-4566, today!  

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Leak Detection and Pipe Leak Repair Service FAQ

How do plumbers detect leaks?

Plumbers use a variety of tools, such as leak detectors and infrared cameras, to pinpoint the location of leaks. They may also perform a pressure test to check for leaks in your pipes.

How do I detect a water leak in my home?

To detect a water leak in your home, look for signs of water damage, such as water stains or mold growth. You can also check your water meter for unusual activity.

Why is it important to fix a water leak?

It is important to fix a water leak to prevent water damage and mold growth, which can be costly and dangerous to your health.

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