Why do pipes spring leaks in them?
Just like anything else in this world, pipes are not meant to last forever. It is not uncommon for a plumbing system to develop a leak even within the first ten years of installation. As pipes are used they will either thin out or rust out, depending on whether they are copper or galvanized steel. Even plastic water lines like PEX, CPVC and PVC can all develop leaks due to exposure to the sun or becoming brittle with age. When you need fast professional leak repair call the professionals at Golden Rule we will get you patched up in no time at all!
How do you find leaks underground or below a concrete slab?
When a leak is exposed in a basement or the drywall is wet it is usually very easy to discover where the leak is originating from. However, when the leak is underground the process is usually much more difficult and expensive. Leak detection is performed by using high powered noise amplification equipment which can allow the operator to pinpoint on exactly where the leak is in the system.
What are some signs to l ook out for so I know whether or not I have a that needs
If you suspect that you have a water leak it is important to check your water meter to ensure that it is not turning. If your water meter it turning and everything is off in the home then you definitely have a leak in the home. Signs of a water leak include toilets filling up by themselves, high water bills, hot spots on the concrete under your feet, water damage to floors, walls and ceilings, as well as the sound of running water.
The pipes in my basement look rusty, what should I do?
If you notice rust or green corrosion on any of your pipes it is important to have a professional check them before they begin to leak or cause catastrophic flooding in your home.
What can I do to prevent my pipes from leaking?
The best thing that you can do is sign up for our Family Protection Plan which will get one of our licensed plumbers into your home every year to inspect your plumbing system which can save you a lot of hassle by fixing bad pipes before they completely fail on you. We know what to look for when we inspect your system, things that most home owners and even inspectors don’t know how to look for. Did you know that when two different types of metals such as copper and galvanized steel touch one another they cause what is called galvanic action and the copper pipe corrodes away because it is a softer metal? There are a lot of things like this that we know how to look out for an will save you a lot of time and money.
What is Galvanic Corrosion and why does it happen in my plumbing system?
Galvanic corrosion occurs when two dissimilar types of metal touch, typically a softer metal like copper or brass and a harder metal such as galvanized steel. The softer metal corrodes away which causes leaks. These types of connections can be anywhere in the home, but are predominantly found in every home at the water heater. This is why we install all of our water heaters with dielectric unions, which isolate the metals from touching one another and saves you money.
How much does pipe repair cost?
Some leaks can only be repaired by replacing large section of the piping system and are therefore rather expensive, but some leaks can be fixed by simply tightening up the packing nut on the valve, which is rather cheap. On average most of our clients pay about $400 or $500 to repair a leak in their home.