There are generally two types of slab leaks, sewer leaks and water line leaks. Homeowner’s are typically alerted to a water line leak when the water bill arrives. A 1 mm pinhole leak in a water line can leak out over 9,000 gallons in one month. A 2 mm leak can waste almost 30,000 gallons in a month, a leak through a 4 mm opening wastes over 140,000 gallons per month, while a 6 mm hole wastes an enormous 280,000 gallons of water in a single month! Contact Benjamin Franklin for repair of your plumbing in Fort Worth.
Sewer leaks on the other hand, can be ongoing for years without the homeowner being aware of it. The type of soil can play a factor in slab leaks. Expansive soil will expand as it absorbs the moisture, and can cause uneven floors which are potentially noticeable. If you suspect a sewer pipe leak, contact us for repair of your plumbing in Fort Worth.
Once moisture causes movement of the foundation, damage can appear in the form of cracks, discolored flooring, raised or sunken areas of the floor, pooling water, and other damage. Suspected leaks should be assessed promptly by a licensed plumber with slab leak experience. Ignoring a potential leak can result in serious damage to the home and its foundation. If you have a leak, contact us today for repair of your home’s plumbing in Fort Worth.
Slab Leak Detection
A plumber in Fort Worth must first identify and locate leaks in your Fort Worth plumbing. This calls for slab leak detection. It is essential to hire a plumber with experience and modern equipment for locating the leak. A skilled plumber can often locate and repair a slab leak with no damage to the flooring. Ensure your plumber is qualified and experienced in slab leak detection before the job is started. Plumbing expertise can be the difference between a professional repair without major restoration, and a floor and foundation that is completely destroyed. For service you can trust, contact us for repair of your plumbing in Fort Worth.
Sewer Leak Detection
Sewer leaks are typically located with video pipe inspection, using a waterproof camera attached to a flexible fiber optic cable, and displaying a real time image on a monitor. Water line leaks are usually located with electronic leak detection devices. Ensure your plumber has the proper leak detection equipment which can end up saving you thousands of dollars on repairs to the foundation and your plumbing in Fort Worth.
Water leaks don’t always reveal themselves in a $1000 water bill. The bill may be only slightly elevated, or double the normal. If you haven’t filled a pool or heavily water a dry garden you can verify or rule out a water leak on your own with the water meter test
- Locate the water meter.
- Ensure no water will be used by turning off the ice maker, dishwasher, washing machine and ensure that no occupant will be showering, or using any water at all. If you can provide the test when only you are home this should be simple enough. With all of the water shut off the water meter shouldn’t move at all.
- Record the numbers on the meter. For meters with a dial record the number the needle is closest to.
- Recheck the meter in 30 minutes to 1 hour. If it has moved you have a leak.
Check for Indoor Leaks
A dripping faucet or running toilet will run the water bill up. Dripping faucets are typically viewed, when the leak is a slow one, the sink basin will often remain wet. Place a dry bowl beneath the faucet. If a leak is present, water will collect in it.
Drop several drops of food coloring into the toilet water tank. If the colored water appears in the bowl within 30 minutes to an hour the flap is leaking. After these tests if a leak isn’t found, you may have a leaking water main, potentially beneath the home’s concrete slab. Contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber for repair of your plumbing in Fort Worth.
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing specializes in detection and repair of slab leaks. Our certified, experienced and licensed plumbers provide a wide range of residential and commercial plumbing services. Our family owned company practices plumbing with integrity, as well as plumbing expertise. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing Fort Worth offers plumbers you can trust and rely upon for first quality, professional plumbing in Fort Worth. We serve Fort Worth, Arlington and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.