We Detect & Repair Leaks in Austin & San Antonio
Did you come home after a long night out and notice a leak? Most people only call a plumber once a leak is creating visible damage. However, our customers more commonly deal with small leaks that can go unnoticed. Small leaks can possibly cause more damage because they can go undetected for long periods of time. One couple came back from vacation to a 3,000$ water bill from an undetected leak! You’ll save yourself a lot of money and stress if you know the signs of water leak and regularly check your home.
Efficient & Precise Leak Detection
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 is important to call a professional plumber as soon as you suspect a leak. Our experienced plumbers will use state-of-the-art techniques and equipment to pinpoint the exact location of your leak. We will then repair it with the least amount of damage to your home or business.
Common Signs of a Leak
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 do not feel that you have used more water, 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 Reliant Plumber. We offer state-of-the-art plumbing camera inspections, along with whole house pressure checks. This combination enables us to detect even the smallest leaks on your sewer pipes and domestic water lines.
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. Running water in the floor or walls could be a much more serious problem such as a slab leak.
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 our licensed plumbers 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. For example, your HVAC could be malfunctioning and dripping onto the ceiling below. There is also a very real possibility that you have an exterior hole in your roof allowing rain water to flow into the home or business.
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 cost you hundreds of dollars in water bills.
How does Reliant Plumbing repair 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 Rigid Scout Locators.
The camera runs through your pipes identifying any obstructions as well as breaks in the sewer line and/or bellies. The Rigid 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 and San Antonio, 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 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. In fact, we can use a series of pressure tests to isolate the specific line causing the leak.
Unlike water leaks, Gas Leaks are much more dangerous if left unattended for an extended period of time. It is incredibly important to call a reliant Plumber so we can get your gas shut off and fix the leak.
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