Top National City Plumber Answers Leak Detection Questions
Too may homeowners spot a puddle and then rush off to work, hoping it will have disappeared by the time they return. If you landed at this blog post, chances are you are ready to tackle your suspected pipe leak.
The best strategy is to take a breath, examine the appliance, sinks or toilets nearby and take action. “Once begun, half done,” as Benjamin Franklin told us long ago. Get towels and cloths around the leak to keep the water from damaging flooring, carpeting, cabinets and more. If you’re experiencing a full-on flood, make sure to check our post, “Fast, First Steps for Flood Clean Up.” For both the slow leak and the gushing geyser, residents must get the water turned off and the puddles mopped up ASAP. Broken and leaking pipes, running toilets or dripping taps soften wood, attracting ants and mold. A good National City plumber will address all of these issues.
Your next step, of course, is to call a professional National City plumber like family owned and operated Perry Plumbing at 619-472-2112. Perry Plumbing brings sophisticated leak detection tools like video inspection cabling, moisture meters and more to your home or business to pinpoint the exact location of the leak. Our state-of-the-art trenchless pipe relining technology also saves residents from enduring an entire wall removal or jackhammering into the slab. With trenchless pipe relining, a thin epoxy liner coats the inner pipe after the leaking pipe is drained and cleaned. Plumbing has advanced in the past few years!
Discover how you can save both money and hassle by turning your leak over to the most sophisticated leak detection and repair tools. Our customer service representatives get the following three leak detection questions every day. Scan them so you can make the best—and fastest—decisions for your home.
Do I need a professional service to handle a pipe leak?
Of course a National City plumber is going to say “yes,” but trust that we do so because we have gone to too many homes where one of the residents has ripped through a wall or floor unnecessarily. The spouse or another resident shakes his or her head and breaks the news to the do-it-yourselfer that the professional has arrived. These determined individuals may greet us a bit angrily, but once we have solved in hours the problem the homeowner had been working on for days, that anger turns to gratitude.
Homeowners just do not have the sophisticated leak detection equipment we have researched and invested in. Nor do they have the precise replacement parts on hand or decades of skill. Worse, when the homeowner finds the leak at a joint (a common location), he or she often attempts to tighten it, sometimes applying too much force and breaking it and nearby pipes. A broken pipe complicates the situation. A professional handles rusty and punctured pipes delicately, thereby to keep costs and damage at a minimum.
How much does it cost to fix a pipe leak?
Situations and damage vary wildly, making it hard to estimate in a general post like this one. The simplest home visit for a leak can start between $100 and $200. The cost estimate includes:
- replacement parts
- room preparation, job cleanup and debris removal.
Contrary to what some homeowners believe, getting the leak repair “started” for the plumber does not save on costs. Instead, it can cause more damage and expense. The homeowner’s primary job in the case of a leak is to shut of the water supply get standing water up as thoroughly as possible.
What are Some Signs of Leaks in the Home?
Pipe leaks do not always show themselves dramatically with gushes of water. The pinhole leaks from copper piping can express water so slowly, leading to mold and damage that builds up for years before it is noticed from the interior of the home. Take notice if you see any of these signs:
- water coming through the open cold water tap despite the fact that you have shut off the household water at the valve in the garage.
- street water meter dial moving despite a shut water valve. Shut the water valve at the street and watch the dial on the top of the meter for movement. If there is movement, a leak could exist between the water meter and the house. Taking these steps BEFORE the plumber arrives save him leak detection time
- check for a shower or tub leak by running both and then watching for leaks in the ceiling of the room directly under the area.
- water around the shut-off valves and connections under sinks and at base of toilets.
- water around the dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator and hot water heater.
Perry Plumbing’s Reliable Leak Detection Services in National City
Perry Plumbing is the go-to leak detection and repair resource for National City homeowners and businesses. If you see any of the signs of leaking pipes listed above, do not hesitate to call us at 619-472-2112. We have a 24/7 emergency services line or you can schedule service here. We solve your household pipe leaking repair issues with state of the art technology and technicians with decades of experience in leak detection and repair. Do not forget to look at our plumbing coupons page for your chance to save!