Leak Detection in San Antonio and Alamo Heights
Picture this, you just got off work and noticed a leak in your home. Most people only call a professional plumber when the leak is visible. However, hidden and silent leaks are more damaging to your home because they can go undetected for long periods of time. In fact, one couple came back to find a small leak had caused $3,000 worth of damage to their home while away on vacation. We have the tools you need to spot leaks before they harbor on your wallet and home. We offer drain cleaning in San Antonio as well as our neighbors in Alamo Heights.
Reliable Leak Detection in San Antonio
Not only can a silent or hidden leak cost money, but can damage your homes walls and floors. Call a professional plumber the moment you suspect a leak! Reliant Plumbing is your best plumber for leak detection. We have the professional training and equipment to pinpoint the exact location of the leak, and also take extra care to make sure we cause the least amount of damage to your home or business.Contact Us Here
Common Questions About Leaks with Answers
How Do I Find a Hidden Leak?
If you don’t have any fixtures on and still hear running water, then this could be an indication of a hidden leak. One way to find a hidden leak is to listen to your walls or floors. If you hear water in the walls there could be a leak in the pipe running alongside the wall. Running water in the floor could be a much more serious issue such as a leak in the slab.
Make sure to call a local plumber right away if you suspect a leak in the walls or floors. Reliant plumbing is your best local plumber for San Antonio. We offer same day services for emergencies, and work with you to come to a solution that best meets the needs of your home or business.
Can Your Water Leak A Little Then Stop?
If you notice that the leak has time to try and then gets wet again, you could be experiencing a pressure leak in a particular fixture. Some fixtures, such as toilets, have a shut off valve. This is only temporary and a licensed plumber should be called to find the exact location.
At Reliant Plumbing, we take extra care to pin point the location of a leak with minimal damage to your home, commercial business, or residential property.
How Does Leak Detection Work?
Our local plumbers are trained in advanced equipment that allows us to locate leaks without disrupting your home. We use plumbing cameras in coordination with Rigid Scout Locators.
The camera runs through your pipes and identifies any bellies in the line, or any obstructions or breaks in your residential and commercial plumbing. The Rigid Locator helps us in combination with a sewer camera to find damaged and leaking lines. Line locators can map the location of gas, water, sewer, and even copper lines running from the house to the city meter.
In 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.
Does A Leak Increase My Gas Or Water Bill?
Yes. Clients like you have experienced unreasonably high gas or water bills due to a leak. When a leak feels impossible to locate, we can perform pressure tests on the system to determine the source of the leak.
For domestic, home, or residential, water lines we first install a pressure gauge on a hose bib to get a baseline pressure reading. After that, it’s just up to turning off the homeowner shutoff valve. If the pressure drops, we know there is a leak. We have the capabilities to and can use a series of pressure tests to isolate the specific line causing the leak.
How Do I Find A Silent Leak?
Did your bill show water usage has increased significantly, and your water usage did not go up? Chances are you have a silent leak somewhere in your home. These leaks may be harder to discover than others because they do not present the usual set of symptoms for a leak. Contact a local plumber near you if you are unable to find the leak. We can perform pressure tests on your home or business to determine the source of the stubborn leak.
Unlike silent water leaks, silent gas leaks are much more harmful if left unattended for an extended period of time. You may notice a rotten egg smell near gas appliances or fixtures. Make sure to call a licensed plumber, like Reliant Plumbing, before trying to fix anything with your gas line by yourself. We are a 24 hour plumber in San Antonio and Alamo Heights who can come to your house any day of the week.
How Do I Know If My Pipe Is Leaking On The Floor?
Our pets love our home, and they are creative at finding new spots to lay on. However, this can actually be a huge red flag for a leak. Hot water slab leaks can create noticeable warm spots on the floor.
You can also put your ear towards the floor and listen for leaks. A rushing sound of water could be an indication of a slab leak. This requires emergency attention, and an emergency plumber should be called out immediately. Contact us for 24/7 same day service you can rely on.
Does Homeowners insurance cover water damage?
Yes, homeowners insurance will cover some water damage. However, payouts depend on a few things, such as upkeep and type of damage.
Homeowners insurance will cover sudden and unexpected water damage from leaking plumbing and household systems or appliances.
Answered questions about Homeowners Insurance
Does Homeowners insurance cover plumbing leaks?
In short, it depends on the situation. Insurance only covers the cost of sudden and accidental leaks. This would include plumbing incidents such as a pipe that burst, some toilet leaks, a flooding sink, and sometimes frozen pipes. Burst pipes, appliance leaks, overflowing toilets bathtubs and sinks, other causes of pipe damage
Insurance does not usually cover the following:
- Wear and tear
- Sewer backup or sump pump failure
How do I get Insurance to pay for water damage?
As long as the damage is sudden and accidental, you can submit a claim to your insurance depending on your deductible and a number of other things. You should always contact your insurance company to see exactly what is covered in your plan. Below is a guideline outlying what you should do for insurance when faced with a leak.
- Turn off your water to prevent further damage. This saves you from not being covered due to negligence.
- To file a claim, take detailed photos of the damage. Make a note of the date and time.
- Be mindful of the area. Move objects in another room far from the water
- Shut off any electricity near the leak.
- Dry up water and remove it from the area. Use fans and or towels to dry and soak up the water.
Who do I call first? My Plumber or My Insurance?
A recent report discovered that in fact, you should call your insurance company first. Despite it being covered or not, make sure to tell your insurance the exact condition of the damage and follow the list above. Acting fast is the number one way to ensure you can get help in the clean up of plumbing issues.
Reliant Plumbing has experience in all emergency plumbing situations and can help assess your home or business when a plumbing disaster strikes. You can rely on reliant for a same day repair that is built to last.
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