Leak Detection Services
We provide leak detection and leak repair services based out of Fullerton, CA and we cover all of Orange County Los Angeles County.
Water leaks can cause catastrophic damage to your home, as well as horrifying water bills.
Don’t waste time or money, call your trusted plumber immediately if you suspect a water leak.
We provide the following leak detection and repair services:
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The water main is the water pipe that connects the public water supply to your house or business. It runs underground from the street, under the front of your property (or yard), and usually (but not always) connects to the house somewhere at the front.
If your home is 20 years or older, then you should have the main line inspected every 1-2 years.
Water main pipes deteriorate with age, and need to be cleaned out, as hard-water scale, mineral deposits and corrosion from municipal water interactions collects in the line.
It will likely be to your advantage to replace your older water main even before any leaks occur, because when they do occur, they can be serious, even catastrophic.
Your plumber can help you decide whether replacement or a simpler maintenance plan is the best course of action.
Modern water mains are made with polyethylene tubing (as PEX), or copper, or PVC. But water main lines in older homes (built around or before 1970) probably have galvanized steel piping.
Forty-five year old galvanized piping is likely already due to be replaced, and it’s never a good idea to wait for it to burst before replacing it! Also, galvanized piping is made using a very impure zinc coating, which often contains lead. It’s good to replace it even if it’s not ready to fail yet.
An older water main line needs to be monitored. The problem is that it’s underground and not accessible without digging. But there are some precautions you can take to recognize signs of water main trouble.
Signs that you may have a water main leak include:
There are at least two places a water main may be shut off.
NOTE: Everyone in your household should know how to locate and shut off the main water line, even before you call a plumber. It can save you thousands of dollars in water damage.
If, say, the supply line next to a toilet should split before the toilet water supply’s shut-off valve, there is no way to stop it from blasting water into your house except by shutting the valve that allows pressurized water into the house’s plumbing pipes. Shut off the water main, then call us!
In these cases, where a water emergency is inside the house, the shut off valve is where the main water line enters your house (not your yard).
The house shut off is usually found by the front hose spigot or in the garage. But it may also be near the water heater. It can usually be turned off by hand. It usually has either an eight-sided handle to shut, or a lever handle that shuts in a 90 degree turn. Just turn the valve handle clockwise to turn off all water to the house.
A second shut-off valve is sometimes located at the water meter, which is often under a concrete cover-plate in your front yard, closer to the sidewalk. Shut off this line if the water main is leaking between the meter and your house, that is, if there are signs of leakage outside the home.
The water meter should have a valve before the meter that requires a special key, this valve is to only be used by city water department and requires a special tool to turn it. Next is the water meter itself, and then sometimes there is another shut-off valve just above the meter which is between the meter and the house.
Find your water main’s shut off valve, keep any needed tool handy, and make sure everyone of reasonable age in the household knows how to shut it off.
The water main may be repaired by either re-routing pipes, excavation and replacement, or cured-in-place pipe-lining. See the information below for more details. This is a job better left to licensed professionals. Contact us for a FREE estimate.
A slab leak means that potable water supply pipes, or sewage system drainpipes (embedded in or under the concrete slab beneath your home), develop holes, split, break, or burst. We provide professional home leak detection services. Call us today at (714) 928-7557
Because the leaking pipes are basically inaccessible to the homeowner, these water leaks require a proper slab-leak detection company with a professional plumber, and highly specialized equipment for a sure and thorough detection process. It is essential that slab leak detection services be conducted by trained technicians.
Leaks within potable waterlines may be located using electronic amplification equipment. An electronic detector “listens” for the sound of leaking lines to narrow down the general area of a leak. Then technicians use electromagnetic pipeline locators to identify lines by inducing a small electric charge through the pipe. A wand passed over the area can then map out line locations. The technician can then listen for leaks using geo-phones.
Sometimes an area has too much noise for the plumber to effectively make out the sounds of a leaking pipe. Also, very deep leaks may render listening equipment ineffective. In these cases, a gas tracer system will use specially designed probes to help pinpoint leaks.
Leaks within the sewer system’s drain lines may be located using hydrostatic testing. Variously sized test balls are sent into place and inflated inside the plumbing lines by an air hose. With a test ball inflated inside the main drain line, the plumbing system is filled to the slab level, and the water is shut off. With no leaks, the water level will remain in place, but if it drops, water is escaping through at least one leak.
Technicians will continue to isolate segments of the plumbing system, introducing test balls through drains, traps, clean-outs, toilets drains, and even roof vents to perform hydrostatic tests on isolated portions of the sewer system.
In the final stage, an in-line sewer video camera uses infrared technology to pinpoint leaks visually. The camera is inserted into the sewer system through existing clean-outs, roof vents, drains, traps, and toilet drains to see inside and and analyze the condition of a sub-slab drain system. The camera reveals obstructions, breaks, stoppages or deteriorated pipes, and determines the necessary repairs.
If there are leaks in or under your slab, repairs must be done by an experienced plumber. Call us today at (714) 928-7557
In the past, the detection, locating, and repairs of such leaks were extremely costly because they involved removing flooring and breaking up and removing portions of the concrete slab foundation. A family would may even have to vacate the house for days or weeks and have the furniture removed while the repairs were made.
Re-Route The Water Line
Fortunately, many water line leaks can simply be re-routed without the need for breaking up your floors and slab foundation.
For other more difficult situations there are new technologies that provide in-line repairs of the pipes. With in-line repair technology, slab leak repairs can be done in as little as one day, and at a significantly lower cost.
The newest technology is often called Trenchless Pipe Lining, or Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP). While trenching may be a cost effective option for exterior repairs, trenchless pipe lining is often the answer for in-slab or under-slab leaks.
With trenchless pipe-lining, pipes can be repaired in place with a patented permanent pipe lining approved by all regulatory agencies using a product that has a 50-year warranty.
Some of the benefits of Trenchless Pipe Lining (a.k.a. Cured In Place Pipe, CIPP) include:
Cured-in-place pipe-lining becomes a strong, new, inner pipe. Even if the old “host” pipe deteriorates completely, the new liner will remain open and be a load-bearing pipe.
The lining has a 50-year engineered life and conforms to the required environmental and physical standards set by ASTM.
The pipe liner is a fabric tube which becomes saturated with a 2-part epoxy resin. Then it takes about thirty minutes for an exothermic chemical reaction in the resin to heat itself to 180 degrees Fahrenheit and become a rigid new inner lining as strong as a new pipe.
Your plumber’s pipe-lining materials are approved by the National Sanitary Foundation (NSF) that validates anything relating to human food consumption.
Because the liners are used to restore pipes, drains, and culverts that send runoff into lakes and the ocean, the resins are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Pipe-linings are also approved by IAPMO, a third-party listing agency specializing in plumbing and mechanical products.
CIPP is used in hotels, restaurants, hospitals, high-rise residential buildings, commercial buildings, airports, schools, and other public buildings, and even U.S. Naval ships.
Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) is versatile. It can repair the following types of pipes:
CIPP is versatile enough to be used for potable water pipes, chiller lines, as hot water circulation systems, fire sprinkler systems, and HVAC systems.
Protect copper water lines with a pipe-liner. Today’s municipal water treatment systems have increased amounts of chloramines and other chemicals which eat away at copper water lines like never before.
Even new copper water line systems can show extensive pinhole leaks in as little as five to ten years. Pipe-liners seal and protect copper water lines from this kind of pipe-damage.
When Should I Choose Cured-In-Place Pipe Lining Over Excavation?
Basically, it depends on the location of the pipe needing repair or replacement.
1) pipes are not easily excavated, such as in or under the slab; and
2) where there is a long run of pipe to replace, even if exterior to the house or building.
Excavation can make replacing pipes 50% to 75% more expensive than lining them.
Lining the pipes is a non-invasive process, eliminating most destruction to buildings or landscape. The amount of necessary reconstruction for pipe-lining is minimal compared to excavation and replacement processes.
However, the materials for re-lining larger diameter pipes may cost more per running foot than most new pipes do.
If there is a small portion of pipe that needs to be replaced, and it is exterior to the building structure, a simple excavation and replacement will sometimes be more cost effective.
You will need a plumber to inspect your specific situation to determine whether excavation/replacement, or CIPP re-lining will be the most cost effective option.
Access: Pipes might be accessible via a rooftop, digging a large hole, or even a street access hole that requires traffic control.
Pipe Condition: Your existing pipe may require more extensive cleaning for obstructions, hard-water scale build-up, etc.
Pipe Diameter: Liners for pipes over 3″ diameter use more liner fabric and resin, and require a more expensive technology to get the liner installed into the pipe.
Project Size: Because the expense of required special equipment and processes, pipe relining costs become less per running foot the larger the project is. Conversely, the shorter the pipe to be lined, the more it costs per ft.
Because normal residential water pressure is between 40 and 80 pounds per square inch (psi), even a small undetected leak can waste a mind-boggling amount of water.
It can add up to a lot of wasted water and lost money due to higher water bills.
Using 60 psi as an average water pressure for a home the following list shows the amount of water that can be lost for various size leaks.
How to Identify Plumbing Leaks
You can also use your water meter to help identify water leaks on your property by using the following steps:
Detecting plumbing leaks can be a challenge because your home’s plumbing is often buried in concrete slab foundations and sealed in the walls.
If the source of a water or sewer leak is not obvious, you will want to contact an experienced leak detection company.
Trained technicians and specialized leak detection equipment can quickly find the source and repair it as soon as possible.
The good news is that today’s plumbing leak detection companies and their equipment can avoid tearing up floors, or tearing down walls or ceilings to find the source of the leak and fix it.
There are several different types of leak detection equipment available, including:
Video inspection that can see into the pipes by sending a camera down the pipes to find the location and cause of a leak
Ultrasonic detection that uses sound technology to measure sound loss variations in the pipes
Infrared leak detection that allows plumbers to see what is inside walls, beneath your floors, and underground the piping underground
Smoke detection in which harmless is pumped into the pipes to emerge where a pipe leaks