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Leaks are one of the most common plumbing problems a home or business can face. Even a small leak can destroy drywall and lead to other more severe issues. They can also spike up your water bills.
Leaks present a unique problem when it comes to repairs. In some cases, you have to find the leak first. Not all leaks are obvious, which is why you must rely on the plumbing professionals at Alpine Plumbing and Rooter.
How Do Plumbers Find Leaks?
Leak detection can be done by an experienced plumber using these techniques.
Acoustic Listening Devices
This method uses a ground microphone and listening discs to pinpoint leaks. Using sound technology, the plumbers can hear the sound of escaping water and dripping.
In areas where listening devices may not be effective, plumbers use scanners that pick up changes in temperature. Leaking water temperature shifts will show up on these scanners.
Video Pipe Inspection
For precise leak detection, plumbers used a small camera on long fiber optic cables. The camera relays images to a monitor where the plumber can see the condition of the pipe. This shows where leaks are and provides the plumber with information that will make repair much easier.
Experience from their training and work in the field are an invaluable tool for plumbers. Licensed plumbers can narrow down the search area without any special technology.
Benefits of Leak Detection
If you are afraid you have a leak in your plumbing system, some inexperienced plumbing companies will dig up your yard or destroy walls just to find the source. However, leak detection offers an easier, mess-free way to find the source of leaks so that there’s no unnecessary destruction.
Saves Time and Money
Technologies allow plumbers to pinpoint leaks without the hassle and expense of digging up or destroying property. Using leak detection technology, they can find the leak without doing any damage. These methods are non-invasive and non-destructive, which means that you’ll save time and money.
Whole House Repipes
The solution to many plumbing problems with leaking or broken pipes is to have the faulty pipes replaced. There are even some cases where you need to have all of the pipes replaced. This is called whole-house repiping.
Who Needs Whole-House Repiping?
Whole-house repipes are ideal for homes that are older and typically built before 1970.
They are also recommended for any house with galvanized steel plumbing. Steel was the most common choice for home plumbing for a long time, but it eventually suffers from corrosion and lacks the durability of copper, PEX, and CPVC pipes.
Even for non-steel plumbing, age will eventually take its toll and lead to the need for a whole-house repipe. If you notice excessive blockages, leaks, and water pressure fluctuation, consult a certified plumber to see if a whole house repipe is right for you.
Alpine Plumbing Leak Detection and Whole-House Repiping
Alpine Plumbing and Rooter is experienced in both leak detection and whole-house repiping. If you notice a spike in your water bill, consult our experienced plumbers to find out how we can remedy the situation and help you prevent future damage to your property.