Leak Detection Specialists

At PlumbV we've found that leaks are one of the most common issues we solve for homeowners. But their prevalence doesn't mean that leaks should be viewed as insignificant. If given the right circumstances, an unassuming leak can cause an immense amount of damage and can be a huge expense in the long run. So whatever type of leak you're dealing with — whether from a water heater, plumbing pipes, or any other source — that's something you'll want to take care of right away. At PlumbV we have the skills, experience, and equipment needed to handle any leak that is threatening your home.

Signs to Look For

Though we can easily find any leaking spots for you, here are some signs to be on the lookout for. If you are experiencing or noticing any of these common manifestations of leaks, please give us a call right away. We can analyze what you're finding and then either quickly dispatch a technician to stop the leak or schedule a future appointment. Either way, our goal is always to ensure your home's safety, stability, and sanitation.

Water Damage. Typical areas for water damage are walls, floors, and ceilings. You might notice surface staining, bulging or swelling drywall, peeling paint, or ruined finishes. This damage can seem to appear suddenly, but the leak itself may not be new. And though it could be located in the general area, water can follow paths along the internal structure of your home, and the leak could be in another location, PlumbV technicians can find the source and stop the leak.

Pressure Change. Sudden or seemingly random drops in water pressure can happen for various reasons, but generally indicate that a problem is brewing. Regardless, when you experience an unexplained drop in pressure we always recommend calling a plumbing professional to run a leak detection check. Once a leak is detected, PlumbV experts can address it. Whatever the cause, we are equipped to handle any plumbing concerns you have.

Excessive Meter Run. Appliances draw water from your plumbing system throughout the day. Cutting off power to appliances and avoiding the use of showers, faucets, and toilets for a determined time period is one quick way to monitor water use. If there are no reasons for water to be flowing but within this timeframe you're seeing that your water meter is continuously running, then it's safe to assume that you have a leak somewhere in the system. Calling a professional is the best way to address the issue.

While you might notice these telltale signs, certain leak indicators may be less obvious to the untrained eye. So in addition to what you may have already noticed, a qualified plumbing expert will also want to cast their own experienced gaze on the situation.

Leak Detection Services

Beyond the above listed ways to determine a leak, more advanced technologies and equipment are available. PlumbV experts are trained in various methods of manual and observational leak detection, but when a leak is determined to be under a concrete slab, these more technology-driven options are a homeowner's best bet. The subcontractors we bring in to perform these tasks are fully vetted and completely capable. These are the techniques they rely on to determine the exact location and source of a suspected leak.

Listening Equipment. If the leaking pipe is hidden within a wall, ceiling, or under flooring, finding the exact location will require more than a set of skilled eyes. Here is where listening plates and pipe microphones are invaluable. These tools allow for the reliable location of hard-to-access leaks before any work is done to expose them.

Helium Technology. Gas pumped into water will naturally seek the easiest exit route, which will be the crack, hole, or puncture that is the source of the pipe's leak. Trained specialists use monitoring equipment to detect the escaping helium and can then precisely locate the leak.

Infrared Devices. Using electromagnetic radiation, an infrared device can penetrate seemingly solid surfaces. It can then detect any changes in temperature caused by escaping water to accurately locate the source of a leak, before any work is done to access it. This type of detection is often done when ambient noise will disrupt audio tests, or in areas where the suspected leak is too deep for listening equipment to reach.

Video Pipe Inspection. Another way to find a leak's precise location and to gather additional information that can make access easier is to utilize video. in this method, a plumber will insert a miniature camera into your home's plumbing system. The camera is attached to a monitor fiber optic cables and will relay clear images from inside pipes. They can then truly get their eyes on the situation, accurately evaluate the leak, and determine the best course of action.

Regardless of the technique used, rest assured that we will get to the bottom of the issue. Once we know where the problem is, we can quickly make it right and prevent future damage to your home. Speed is key to avoiding unnecessary damage and expensive repairs.

DIY or Professional?

Plumbing projects vary, and fixing a leak can range from a simple task to a mammoth undertaking. A host of factors are at play, and your home's integrity is at stake. But while some leaks are obvious, others can be tricky to locate. Industry know-how and specialized tools can be key in both quickly pinpointing the source of a leak and swiftly fixing it. That's why any time you suspect your home's plumbing system is leaking, we recommend calling a trained professional to assess the situation. Oftentimes the leak can be indicative of more serious, systemic issues that will need to be addressed.

Opt for an Expert

When you suspect a leak in your home, you can have peace of mind when a PlumbV expert is on the case. We respect your property as if it were our own and will do everything possible to make the repair swiftly and smoothly. We want to get your home back to normal as much as you do. And because leaks are emergencies that won't always happen during business hours, we also offer after-hours emergency services to ensure that the leak doesn't cause avoidable damage. Our certified, licensed team of skilled plumbers has all the resources necessary to effectively troubleshoot and handle whatever your plumbing system throws our way. So don't hesitate — when you suspect a leak, get in touch with PlumbV. We are the go-to plumbing experts for homeowners in Raleigh, and Durham, NC, as well as the entire Triangle Area. PlumbV is here to help, give us a call today!

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