Water Leak Detection Services
A leaky faucet or toilet is obvious to identify and fairly simple to fix. But not all water leaks are so straightforward. Leaks coming from buried pipes or pipes hidden inside walls present unique challenges. Don’t dig up your yard or take a sledgehammer to your bathroom walls just yet!
Here’s what you need to know about the professional leak detection services provided by Mr. Rooter® Plumbing:
Slab Leak Detection and Repair
A slab leak is a leaky pipe located underneath your home’s concrete slab or basement floor. This unfortunate location makes slab leaks difficult to locate.
However, there are several telltale signs:
- The sound of running water, even though your faucets and toilets are not running
- Wet carpet, flooring, or concrete floor
- Wet or mouldy drywall on the lower floor of your home
- A mildew smell in your basement
- Skyrocketing water bills
- Visible damage to your foundation
If you suspect a slab leak, don’t delay seeking professional water leak detection and repair services. A good plumber will quickly locate your leak, create the smallest possible opening in your slab, complete the water leak repair, and then restore your slab.
Water Leak and Slab Leak Detection Technology
Plumbers can use a variety of tools and technologies to find water leaks buried under soil, inside walls, and below concrete slabs.
These are three commonly used leak detection tools:
Acoustic Listening Equipment
This technology amplifies the sound of water leaks inside walls or under concrete slabs. These devices allow plumbers to closely estimate a water leak’s location before they start digging or drilling.
Video Inspection Equipment
Small cameras allow plumbers to see what’s happening inside pipes. These devices have been used to retrieve items like car keys and wedding rings from drainpipes. Measuring how much cable went down the pipe before spotting the leak allows plumbers to accurately diagnose pipeline problems and calculate the leak’s location.
Soil probe devices give plumbers a simple way to listen for pressurized water shooting into the soil surrounding water mains or sewer lines. This technology can minimize how much of your yard is dug up in order to locate and repair your leaky pipe.
Water Leak Repair
Repairing copper, PVC, concrete, and cast-iron pipes calls for different materials and techniques. No matter what your leaky pipe is made of, or where it’s located, your best course of action is to call a professional plumber who performs expert water leak repairs. This is especially true for hidden leaks. Over time, unchecked water leaks can cause mould growth and even structural damage. Eventually, your high water bills will be the least of your worries.