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How Do I Spot a Water Leak?

Monday, April 10th, 2017

In our last post, we talked about the warning signs of a main water line leak on your property. While water pooling in your yard may be a fairly obvious sign that something is amiss, you should also keep in mind the fact that there are many other spots in which your plumbing system may spring a leak. Not all of these leaks will be quite as obvious as one causing a pool to form in your yard.

Even supposedly “minor” water leaks—though we contend that there is no such thing—can do very serious damage to a home if given the opportunity. That is why it is so important that you schedule prompt leak detection service in Phoenix, AZ with a professional plumber when water leaks develop. Of course, to do so you must first recognize that there is a water leak to begin with. Here are a few tips to help. 

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Why You Need Annual Water Leak Detection

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

The plumbing pipes in your home are designed to be out of sight as much as possible, hidden in the walls and floor. There are a number of good reasons for this, including safety, convenience, and aesthetics. Unfortunately, this means that whenever your plumbing system develops a problem, you probably won’t be able to detect it. This is the number one reason why you need annual water leak detection. Let’s take a look at some of the things that can happen if you don’t schedule water leak detection.

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What Kinds of Tools Do Professionals Use for Leak Detection?

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

One of the reasons it’s so important to call professional plumbers for leak detection services is that leaks are notoriously hard to find. Why? Because well over 90% of your plumbing is hidden behind walls, above ceilings and under floors. To find hidden leaks, professional plumbers use several high-tech tools, in addition to years of experience and know-how. When you hire a plumbing professional from The Sunny Plumber, you can rest assured that you are hiring an expert with years of experience and access to the best tools around. Don’t let a hidden leak cause problems for you and your home – schedule an appointment with one of our experts today!

Types of Tools

Here are three of the more common tools you may see your plumbing expert use to locate a leak:

  • Specialized audio equipment – even the smallest leak will make a noise, and with state-of-the-art audio equipment, your plumber can listen-in to the plumbing and pinpoint, by audio, where the sound is coming from.
  • Visual aid equipment – use of cameras in plumbing has revolutionized the industry, allowing plumbers to see, in real time, exactly what is going on inside a particular pipe. One of the most commonly-used cameras is a fiber optic camera. This type of camera sits at the end of a thin cable that can be snaked deep into your plumbing system, allowing your plumber to see real-time, instant video of the inside of your pipes.
  • Infrared scanning – infrared scans create thermal images by reading the temperatures of surfaces. The reason professional plumbers use infrared scanning to detect leaks is that moist areas will register as cooler than the areas that are dry.

However, none of these tools is useful in the wrong hands. This is why it’s important to always hire a trained expert for all your plumbing needs, especially when it comes to leak detection. Leaks can undermine your foundation, cause the excessive development of mold and mildew as well as the development of rot. If you have concerns that your home in Scottsdale has a leak, call The Sunny Plumber today and schedule an appointment for our professional leak detection service.

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Indicators That You Should Call for Leak Detection in Mesa, AZ

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

When you have a plumbing leak under the sink, you’re bound to notice pools of water forming near the source. But your plumbing system is a complex network of pipes and drains, so you may not always notice leaks as soon as they occur. A pipe can spring a leak anywhere in your plumbing system, which means water may leak into your yard or into the walls, floors, or ceiling. If this happens, you may develop a mold or mildew problem, and the leak may worsen. But how do you know when to call for professional leak detection?

  • Low Water Pressure: One of the ways you can tell that there may be a leak in your plumbing system is if you notice low water pressure. Your water supply is pressurized so that water can move out of the faucets at an optimal flow rate. But if water just seems to trickle from the faucet or showerhead, it may be leaking through a pipe in your water supply line.
  • Water Spots in Your Yard: The pipes that connect the municipal water supply to your home, as well as the pipes that link the drainage system to the sewer, run underneath your yard. If you see wet spots in your yard, there may be a leak in the water or sewer line.
  • High Water Usage: If your water bills seem to be unusually high, it may be due to a leak. Compare your water usage to the previous month. If usage is up but nothing has changed significantly in your household, professional leak detection may pin down the problem with fiber optic video inspection technology.
  • Older Pipes: If you have an older plumbing system that hasn’t been checked recently, you may want to schedule leak detection services just to be sure your pipes are still viable. While newer pipes are made from copper or plastic materials, older steel pipes are likely to corrode.

If you believe a leak may threaten your home plumbing system, call The Sunny Plumber. Our expert plumbers have the right tools to ensure your plumbing returns to normal with quality water leak detection services in Mesa, AZ.

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Why You Need Leak Detection Services

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Leaks in your plumbing sound like something that should be easy to spot: you see water dripping from an exposed pipe and you call a plumber to come fix it. Sometimes it is that easy to notice leaking and have it stopped.

However, consider how much of your plumbing remains hidden from your eyes. Almost all the pipes that supply your home with fresh water or which remove wastewater to the sewer system are placed behind drywall, wood floorboards, concrete foundation material, or under the earth around your house. When leaks start to happen, the first signs will usually be an increase in your water bills, followed by outward indications such as discolored spots on walls, warped wooden boards, and a rise in humidity. This is the time to call for leak detection—because finding the actual leak is something you can’t do on your own.

For excellent technicians to perform leak detection in Phoenix, AZ, call up The Sunny Plumber—any time of the day or night.

Professional Leak Detection Service

Although you might have a general idea where a hidden leak may be located because of visual clues like water stains or cracking on the floor, the difficult part about repairing the pipe is actually reaching it. This can involve digging through drywall or breaking through concrete and other action that will damage building material. Trying to reach a leaky pipe with only a general idea of where the leak is can mean immense destruction to parts of your home. You need to have professionals take care of leak detection to pinpoint the exact spot where they need to work. Sometimes, if the leak is small enough, they won’t even need to do any excavation.

Plumbers perform leak detection in a number of ways, most of which use advanced technology. Acoustic listening devices and ground microphones can pinpoint the sound of water leaving pipes, even through thick surfaces. Pressure detectors can find areas of rising pressure emanating from leaks.

Most effective of all the tools available to plumbers for finding leaks is video pipe inspection equipment. These consist of miniaturized camera mounted on the end of fiber-optic cables long enough for a plumber to run the camera fully down a water or sewer line. Using the image fed back to a monitor, a plumber can find the exact location of the leak as well as its size and how best to seal it.

Don’t try to detect leaks on your own, or hire amateur plumbers to attempt to fix a hidden leak. You risk major damage to your home as well as causing further leaks or pipe bursts. Always turn to the experts with the right equipment and the skill to use it.

Trust to The Sunny Plumber and our many years of experience to take care of leak detection in Phoenix, AZ, as well as any other trouble you may encounter in your plumbing. Call us today to schedule your next service appointment with us.

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How Do Plumbers Detect Hidden Leaks

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Plumbing leaks are a common repair issue, but sadly not all of them advertise themselves by spreading water across your floor. Some of them happen out of sight, such as behind the walls or worse: under the concrete on your porch or walkway. In the old days, it was very hard to spot such leaks, and plumbers had to infer the location before drilling through the concrete to get to it. But nowadays, plumbers have many more tools at their disposal, and here in Tempe, leak detection is a much less painful prospect. How do plumbers detect hidden leaks? A few answers can be found below.

One of the most common methods it through a sonic detector, which can sense the sounds of the leak through the concrete and pinpoint its exact location. Leaks make noise, no matter how small they may be. A sonic detector can pick up that noise without having to dig, allowing you and the plumber to determine the best course of action from there.

Another new method of finding such leaks involves hydrostatic testing, in which an inflatable ball is placed in the line and inflated to stop it up. The whole system is then filled with water, and any line that can’t be filled or which loses water is presumably the source of the leak.

Finally, many plumbers also use of tiny video cameras to explore the pipes from the inside. The water is shut off and the camera extended on a flexible line. The plumber can monitor what the camera sees via a remote monitor until he or she finds the source of the trouble.

Once the source of the leak is spotted, the plumber can then take measures to correct it that keep damage to the underlying concrete to a minimum. Once you know how plumbers detect hidden leaks, you can see how much easier and safer it is to perform repairs. Water leak detection and other plumbing services in Tempe, AZ can be performed by the experts at The Sunny Plumber. Call us today and let us show you what we can do!

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3 Tools Plumbers Use to Detect Water Leaks

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

After drain clogs, leaking is the most common issue that can affect your plumbing. It’s also one of the most destructive: not only does it damage the pipes and waste water, it also affects building material and can lead to the development of mildew. To make the situation worse, leaks can often escape detection for long stretches because they frequently spring up in places out of sight and are often too small at first to notice (“pinhole leaks,” which are the most common type of leak and no less destructive because of their size).

Because leaks are tricky to detect, plumbers must use special tools to locate them. During regular plumbing maintenance, plumbers will investigate for potential leaks using these tools so they will know where to repair the pipes. They will also help them figure out why the leaks are occurring.

For expert plumbers who can do professional leak detection in Tempe, AZ, contact The Sunny Plumber today.

The professional tools of leak detection

  1. Video inspection equipment: These are small video cameras mounted on long flexible cables. Plumbers can insert these into faucets and other outlets along the plumbing and send them down into pipes to locate the source of leaks that might otherwise be difficult to see from the outside.
  2. Listening disc: This is a piece of audio equipment that assists plumbers in locating leaks through cabinets, drywall, and other furnishings. Placed against a surface, they amplify the sounds of leaking water back through a pair of headphones so the plumber can get a better idea where the leak is occurring before attempting to access it. There are also more powerful equipment, like a deck plate, for listening through concrete, brick, and other stone surfaces.
  3. Soil probe: Among the the most problematic types of leaks are the ones that occur in the sewer line and water main. These often run under yards and lawns, and a soil probe allows a plumber to listen for standard pressure or pressurized leaks through grass and rocks.

All of this equipment is expensive and difficult to use for an amateur. Even if you had access to these tools and could correctly operate them, you would still have the trouble of fixing the actual leak and figuring out the reason for it. It is much better to jump ahead and call a professional plumber when you suspect leaking might be occurring in your home’s plumbing. When you call for a plumber from The Sunny Plumber, you’ll have a technician with experience in leak detection in Tempe, AZ who will get straight to the source of your trouble.

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