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Leaks are one of the most common and frequent plumbing problems a home or business can face. Even a small leak can destroy drywall, hardwood flooring and lead to other more severe issues including structural damage. If they’re ongoing, they can also cause a a loss in water pressure and a spike in 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 nor visible, which is why you sometimes must rely on a professional plumber to locate and identify the source.
How Do Plumbers Find Leaks?
Leak detection can be done by any experienced plumber using the following techniques.
Acoustic Listening Devices
This method uses a ground microphone and specially designed “listening discs” to pinpoint leaks. Using sound technology, the plumbers can actually hear the water escaping and/or dripping.
In areas where listening devices may not be effective, plumbers use scanners that pick up changes in temperature. Leaking water can cause temperature shifts that will show up on these scanners.
Video Pipe Inspection
For precise leak detection, plumbers will often use a small camera affixed to the end of a long fiber optic cable. The cable is inserted into the piping, allowing the plumber to see the condition of the pipe on a monitor. This shows where leaks are present and provides the plumber with information that will make repair much easier and less costly – especially if the repair requires the remove of drywall or flooring materials.
Experience from training and working in the field is an invaluable tool for plumbers. Saavy plumbers can often narrow down the search area without having to utilize any special technology.
Benefits of Leak Detection
Some of the less experienced plumbing companies will dig up your yard, or destroy large sections of walls or flooring just to find the source of a leak. Proper leak detection offers an easier, mess-free way to accomplish this while minimizing the need to tear up your home.
Saving Time and Money
Our tools and technologies allow our plumbers to pinpoint leaks without the excessive hassle and expense of digging up or destroying your property. Almost all of our methods are non-invasive and non-destructive, which means that you’ll save time and money.
Whole House Repipes
The solution to many plumbing systems suffering from leaking or broken pipes is to have the faulty piping completely replaced. There are even some cases where you need to have all of the pipes in your home replaced. This is called whole-house repiping.
Who Needs Whole-House Repiping?
Whole-house repipes are ideal for homes that are older; generally 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 systems, 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 fluctuations, consult with your 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 all aspects of leak detection and whole-house repiping. If you notice a spike in your water bill, consistently low water pressure, repeated clogs, or wet spots coming from your walls or flooring, consult with our experienced plumbers right away. We can effectively remedy the situation while helping you prevent future damage to your property.