We Detect & Repair Leaks in Austin
It can be scary to think that you may have a leak hidden behind layers of drywall or concrete. Untreated leaks can cause expensive damages to your home or foundation and allow the growth of mold in your living spaces. That's why it's important to call a licensed plumber as soon as you begin to suspect you may have a leak. Our experienced plumbers will use state-of-the-art techniques and equipment to pinpoint the exact location of your leak and then repair it with the least amount of damage to your home or business.
Do You Have a Leak?
You might assume that you’re safe from a leak if you don’t see the obvious gushing water or flooding you might expect. However, our customers more commonly deal with small leaks that can go unnoticed without an eye for detail. Small leaks can actually cost more and cause more damage because they can go undetected for long periods of time. You’ll save yourself a lot of money and stress if you know the signs of water leak and regularly check your home.
Water Bill Has Increased Significantly
One of the most common signs of a leak is an increase in your water bill. If your bill states your water usage has increased but you don’t feel that you’ve taken more showers or ran the dishwasher more, you need to check for a leak. Even if you don’t see any obvious signs of a leak, it’s prudent to call a plumber. We offer state-of-the-art plumbing camera inspections along with whole house pressure checks on your sewer pipes and domestic water lines that are able to detect even the smallest leaks.
Hear the Sound of Running Water
If your plumbing is installed properly and in working order, you shouldn’t hear running water unless a faucet is running. But if you have a leak, you can sometimes hear the sound of running water in walls or under the floor. This is a sign of a problematic leak and you should call Reliant Plumbing as soon as possible. If you hear water running in the floor, this could mean that the dirt is eroding which can cause foundation issues. If you hear water running in the walls but can’t see any water, this often means you have a leak under the foundation.
Damp Carpet or Wet Spots on Floor
Some homeowners notice unexplainable wet spots or damp areas of their carpet when they have a leak. You may even notice the wet spot is there for a period, dries up and then reappears again. This is a sign you have a pressure leak on your sewer system that only occurs when a particular fixture is in use. If there is a consistent water spot on the floor, this indicates a domestic water line leak. In some situations, a wet spot on the floor near a bathroom could indicate a leak in your bathtub or shower surround rather than pipes. In any case, you’ll need to work with a licensed plumber to identify the root cause and make repairs.
Dark or Moldy Spots on Ceiling
There are many causes of mold in homes, but the presence of water and high humidity creates conditions where mold thrives. If you notice darker spots on your walls and ceiling, it’s a good sign you need our leak detection services. If you rule out a plumbing leak, you can move onto other potential causes of mold and check your HVAC system and or roof.
In rare occasions, you may have mold growing behind drywall or in areas that aren’t visible. Mold can create musty odors. If you notice a persistent musty odor that doesn’t go away, it’s time to give us a call.
Warm or Hot Spot on Floor
Has your dog or cat found a new favorite spot to lounge on the floor? Homeowners are often surprised to hear that this can actually be a big red flag for a leak - hot water slab leaks can create noticeable warm spots on your floor. Pets are often drawn to these warmer areas, but you may also notice them when walking barefoot. Be sure to call Reliant Plumbing right away if you notice a new hot spot on the floor. Slab leaks can cause serious damage and rack up your water bill tremendously until they are repaired.
How Does Reliant Plumbing Detect Leaks?
Leaks From Damaged Sewer Lines
Our expert licensed plumbers are trained in the most up-to-date plumbing technologies that allow us to locate leaks without disrupting your home. We use plumbing cameras in coordination with Ridgid Scout Locators. The camera runs through your pipes identifying any obstructions as well as breaks in the sewer line and/or bellies. The Ridgid locator helps us in conjunction with the sewer camera to find the damaged or leaking lines. The line locators can map the location of gas, water, sewer, and even copper lines running from the house to the city meter. In Austin, city code requires homes to be built with tracer wires, which are wires that are buried alongside the pipe. Our line locators can very quickly pick up line locations if your home has tracer wires installed.
Gas and Water Leaks
Many customers contact us after receiving a high water or gas bill and are not sure if they really have a leak. In this scenario, we can perform a pressure test to see if there is a leak anywhere in the home’s plumbing system. For your domestic water lines we first install a pressure gauge on a hose bib to get a baseline pressure reading. Then, we turn off the homeowner shutoff valve and if the pressure drops, we know there is a leak. We can actually use a series of pressure tests to isolate the specific line with the leak.
ARE YOU HAVING A DIFFERENT ISSUE?
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