Do I really have a leak?
If you suspect you have a leak due to a high-water bill or hear water running in your pipes, maybe it is not an underground leak. Before you hire a professional leak detection company, the first thing you should do is check if your toilets are running. A running toilet can cause noisy pipes and an astronomical water bill. Maybe you are lucky, and all you have is a running toilet.
Here is how you can save money, DIY style:
- Lift the toilet tank cover and listen for a running water noise, like the toilet tank is constantly filling.
- Put dye tablets or concentrated food coloring in your toilet tank, let it stand and see if the dye eventually ends up in the toilet bowl. (Do not flush while you do this inspection).
- Inspect the water meter (not the gas meter located by the side of your house). It is usually located in the sidewalk in front of your house, and see if the little red triangle is moving when no water is being used in the house. If it is moving, shut of the supply lines to the toilets (the toilet supply line valve) and check if the meter stopped moving.
- Another helpful hint, also check that the pool auto-fill is not continuously running.
Well, after all this, if the water meter is still running, congratulations! You have an underground leak. It’s time to call your preferred water leak detection company, to locate your slab leak or any other irrigation leak.
Sherlock Leak Detectives at (800) 518-0771.
Can I find a slab leak myself?
Usually not. Leak detection requires 50% experience, 50% special equipment, and 50% luck. At Sherlock Leak, leak detection is all we do. We try to leave luck out of the equation.
Why don’t I just get a plumber to find the leak?
Although some plumbers will advertise that they do leak detection, the truth is they do not. Leak detection is a specialty, and most plumbers are not trained or equipped for this task. We recommend you don’t let anyone tear into your walls and floors searching for a leak without a proper leak detection location.
Let us say this, water is deceitful and tricky. You may see signs of water or water damage in one place, but the origin of the leak can be in a totally different place.
Why do leaks happen?
Well, another good question, they just do.
There are many reasons, a pinhole leak in the pipe under your concrete slab floor can be caused due to improper installation, a defective pipe, a piece of metal (nail or rebar) that is in contact with the copper pipe causing corrosion, or sometimes just elevated mineral levels in the soil.
Do I need to fix it?
That’s not such a good question.
No matter the cause, unseen leaks in your walls or under concrete slab can cause extensive damage and compromise the structural integrity to your home if not located and repaired immediately.
A leak can also pose serious safety hazards and cause the growth of mold and mildew, which can lead to serious medical and health conditions.
And OUCH, money money money. You are going to get a high-water bill. We have seen water bills in the thousands. Literally, you are throwing money down the drain.
Slab Leak clarification: the term is confusing. People may visualize a slab leak as a drip in the faucet or a shower head, but it’s actually high-pressure water squirting out of a pinhole in a copper pipe (you can see samples of slab leaks in our videos). Due to the high pressure of water in the pipes, you may be losing hundreds or even thousands of gallons per day. Slab leaks are tricky to find, you should always use a water leak detection company to accurately locate and mark your leak.
Can you find leaks in my irrigation lines?
OK, back to the good questions.
Irrigation leaks are much more challenging to locate. Here are a few reasons, just so you know:
- PVC pipes in your lawn cannot be traced like metallic pipes. That means no one knows exactly where the plastic pipes are, so it is harder to know where the pipe is leaking.
- Also, unfortunately, PVC pipes leak quietly, they do not make the typical loud hissing noise of metallic pipes when leaking.
- Also, soil does not transfer the sound of the leak like a concrete slab does.
- And finally, there is a lot sound interference such as wind, construction, landscaping and traffic.Nevertheless, we have some tricks of the trade up our sleeve. So, there is a good chance we will locate your leak or provide you with an alternative solution.
Sherlock Leak Detectives is a professional leak detection company servicing Los Angeles, (including the San Fernando Valley) Orange County and Ventura County. Give us a call, we guarantee you will receive Five Star Leak Detection service.