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Leak Detection

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Plumbing Leaks

Plumbing leaks are one of the most stressful problems that a homeowner or a business may face.  Leaks will occur in sewers, drain lines, pipes, or in underground water lines – It can happen to anyone, to any type of structure and can happen at any time!  You may not always know what is leaking or where – you may not know how serious the damage is or exactly what has gone wrong.

Some Plumbing Leak Indicators Are:

1. A hot spot on the floor
2. The sound of water running when fixtures are not being used
3. Wet carpets, floors, leaking ceilings
4. Water coming from a low point on the wall
5. Hot water coming from a cold tap
6. A water heater that doesn’t turn off
7. Low water pressure

Slab Leaks

One type of leak is termed slab leaks. They occur when a water line has failed under a slab foundation.  They can be caused by incompatible soil which contains elements that cause a negative chemical reaction when coming in contact with copper pipes (this is called electrolysis).  Electrolysis can occur anytime, sometimes years after installation.  Electrolysis is the most common cause of a slab leak and will require total replacement of all copper water lines.

Another cause is exposed piping that comes in contact with unprotected lines, rebar, electrical conduits or heating duct work.  The friction causes the piping to become worn and leaky.  Yet another cause of a slab leak is a kinked line or one that has been accidentally damaged by a concrete worker or other contractor.  The nick or indentation eventually wears through and causes a leak.

Plumbing Leak Detection

There are many methods of water leak detection, from electronic to employing sewer cameras or jack-hammering the area and doing a visual check, etc.  With electronic leak detecting, pipes must be disconnected and pressurized with nitrogen that makes a high-pitched sound that is heard through high powered headphones.  The point of the highest decibel sound is typically the source of the leak.  This is a very effective way to detect leaks.

Obviously, plumbing leak detection of any sort and making the necessary repairs and pipe replacements requires the work of a professional.  If you suspect you may have a leak in your home or business, call My Plumber immediately. Our technicians have the knowledge and experience required to find the leak and get the work done professionally – before it’s too late.  Our courteous, professional and thorough specialists can service clients needing leak detection in Washington, DC, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Springfield, Germantown, Rockville, Silver Spring and other surrounding Virginia and Maryland cities.  We will discuss your options and perform any necessary slab leak repairs quickly to avoid any further damage.