Save Money With These Spring Plumbing Tips!

Spring Leak Detection with DeLong Services

Spring Leak Detection with DeLong Services
Spring Leak Detection with DeLong Services

Today is the first day of Spring and DeLong Services Slab Leak Detection has a few simple tips to help you save money on your water bill during these upcoming months.

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Photo credit to hirerush.com
  1. Make sure your toilet is working properly

    – As leak detectors, we’re always coming across very manageable repairs that can easily be done by the homeowner.  Running toilets is our number one culprit.  Sometimes higher than normal water bills can cause immediate panic.  If you have a high water bill, the first thing to check is the toilets.  Many times a loose “flapper” can cause a toilet to continuously fill itself and you can’t always hear the water running.  Be sure and take a close look inside the bowl to see if any water is trickling down the front or back.  You can also add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet.  If the coloring is gone in a few hours, you may be losing water.

photo by FamilyHandyMan.com
photo by FamilyHandyMan.com

2.  Leaky faucets

This is usually a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many leaky faucets or hoses we see as leak detectors.  Just the other week in Dallas / Ft. Worth, we found a leak on a “hose bibb” that the homeowner was unaware of.  If your home or business is on a substantial piece of property, it’s a good idea to get a leak locator out to trace all of your lines.

Run water in those old pipes to keep them fresh and free from cracking. DeLong Services, Inc.
Run water in those old pipes to keep them fresh and free from cracking. DeLong Services, Inc.

3.  Run Water in Unused Drains

Many home and business owners have a faucet or two that doesn’t get much use throughout the year for whatever reason.  Flush that toilet or run that sink every once in a while to keep the sewer system from drying out and cracking.  Many homes with cast-iron sewer systems are plagued with leaks due to dry weathered pipes.  If you find that an unused part of your sewer system is backing up, it’s time to call a professional leak detector to come do a camera inspection.

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Many leaks go unnoticed. Check exposed pipes and your valve boxes!

4.  Check exposed water lines for leaks

Exposed pipes are more likely to leak than underground piping.  Check in all the valve boxes around the home and exposed pipes under the sinks.  Take your hand and feel for water around the joints and fixtures to make sure there is no moisture.  This is an easy task and you can even add it to your kid’s to-do list during spring cleaning!

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5.  Have your sewer system clean and inspected by a professional

Although you’ll have to spend a little money, it can save you $1000s in the long run.  Have a professional come and clean out every line in your sewer system with a hydrojetter.  Click the link to see exactly how hydrojetting works.  You’ll be amazed at how efficient your plumbing will be after a thorough cleaning.  If you want to pass on the hydrojetting, it’s a good idea to at least get a camera down your lines to make sure the quality of your sewer system is in good shape.  These inspections usually run around $200.

For all your leak detection and camera inspection needs in the Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex or anywhere else in North Texas, call or visit!

Slab leak foundation repair by professionals since 1991.
Slab leak detection and repair by professionals since 1991.  Family Owned and Operated

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Winter Plumbing Tips for DFW – When a Dripping Faucet is Good!

Here are some quick tips to keep your plumbing functional and leak free during the winter months.

Courtesy of Westchester Magazine.
Courtesy of Westchester Magazine.
  • Avoid frozen pipes at all costs! – Let cold water trickle from your faucets.  This will allow a steady temperature to remain in your copper plumbing system and prevent a burst pipe, which is one of the most expensive plumbing repairs.
  • Watch your water pressure! – If you notice a drop in water pressure, you may be experiencing a frozen pipe.  A slightly frozen pipe can block water causing the pressure to build and potentially burst your pipe.
  • Circulate warm air – If you have central AC, be sure and let the heat circulate throughout the home.  Open cabinets at night.  This will also prevent frozen pipes from bursting and costing you a fortune.
  • Disconnect garden hoses! – This is one of the most important things to remember.  If ice begins to form in the garden hose, it will ultimately begin to block pressure, causing catastrophic leak issues.  Add jackets to outside hose bibs to prevent cold air from freezing connected pipes.  They usually run about $3 at Home Depot.
  • Close the hatches! – Be sure to close and cover any crawl space doors(inside and out).  This will help prevent your pipes from freezing, as well as keep the heating bill down.
  • If we experience a snow day in Dallas / Ft. Worth, make sure it doesn’t block any drainage pipes.

If you have any questions or need an emergency repair on a burst pipe or any other type of leak, call us at 214-221-8370.  Or you can email us direct from our website.  www.DeLongServicesInc.com

Slab Leak FAQ

Courtesy of repairfoundation.net
Courtesy of repairfoundation.net

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.  Here’s a short FAQ list we put together about slab leaks.  If you think you have a slab leak in the Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex, call us immediately.  The longer you wait, the more destruction you’ll endure.

What is a slab leak?

A slab leak is a water or sewer leak that lies beneath the foundation of your home or building, either in copper tubing, cast iron drain lines, or PVC.

How do I find a slab leak?

Call a professional.  Sometimes you can “guesstimate” where your slab leak is by listening for running water or feeling for hot spots on the floor.  But remember that water takes the path of least resistance, so just because you see water, doesn’t mean that’s always where the leak is.

What causes slab leaks?

There are many causes of slab leaks.  Foundations in Dallas / Ft. Worth shift quite frequently due to our soil composition and drastic weather changes.  This can cause your pipes to erode by rubbing against other pipes or the concrete foundation itself.  In some cases, sewer pipes can snap in half leaving a separation in your drainage system.  Electrolysis and bad installation can also cause sub slab leaks.  Here’s a link to a previous article where we discussed the causes of water leaks more in depth.

How much does it cost to locate a leak?

The cost of leak location depends on the type of leak you have.  If you have a water leak, you’re looking at anywhere between $100-$500 for testing.  Sewer leak detection can be a little more, depending on how many leaks a house has or how large a plumbing system is.

How much does a slab leak cost to fix?

Again, depending on the type of leak, the cost can vary.  For a simple repair, you’re probably looking at somewhere between $2,000-$3000.  If there are multiple leaks or a lot of work is necessary to uncover the leak, the final bill can be anywhere up to $10,000.

How long does it take to repair a slab leak?

It can take anywhere from 1 – 3 days to repair a water leak.  Sewer leaks can be more extensive, but usually a week maximum for almost any residential job.

 

If you think you have a slab leak in the Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex, call us immediately.  We can discuss your issue and decide whether further testing is needed.

DeLong Services Slab Leak Repair – 214-221-8370 – www.DeLongServicesInc.com

Moving to Dallas / Ft. Worth and Need a Plumber?

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Moving to Dallas / Ft. Worth and need a plumber?

Although we are not technically a “plumbing company,”  we work with dozens of different plumbers on a weekly basis.  DeLong Services is a leak specialist.  We work with plumbers who can’t find sub slab leaks or don’t have the equipment to.

Hopefully you’re not welcomed to North Texas home-ownership by nasty plumbing problems, but you can’t be too prepared.  When moving to a new city, you’ll have to find a new set of service professionals in your area like mechanics, electricians, carpenters, landscapers, and of course a plumber.

Establishing trust with service professionals is a process and it can take time to find the right one, but here are a few tips to help you in the process.

Ask friends and family…

This is the first place to start when looking for a plumber.  Ask friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors.  Personally, I think coworkers and neighbors are a great source of information, especially when moving to a new city.   Many will have been here for years, if not born and raised here.  A referral from a lifelong customer goes a long way with a service professional, especially plumbers who thrive on repeat business.  Asking your neighbors for referrals is also a great way to “break the ice” when moving into a new community.

Online Reviews

Online reviews are a great source of information, especially in a big city like Dallas / Ft. Worth.  Leaving reviews for service professionals, like plumbers, is becoming standard practice these days.  Keep in mind, it’s fairly easy to hire an advertising company to post fake reviews but 99% of the time you can tell a fake review right away.

Ask Established Professionals

If you’ve found the right mechanic or electrician, ask him or her who their plumber is.  Many contractors work together on new construction projects and remodels.  Jobs like these last for weeks, months, sometimes years.  You can really get a sense of a company’s professionalism and work ethic when you see them work every day.

For the Dallas / Fort Worth area we recommend the following plumbers:

Mai Plumbing Company – This family owned and operated plumbing company is a staple out of Lake Highlands but they service all of Dallas and surrounding areas.  We have worked with them for years and years and cannot say enough about the great work and follow through they bring to every job.

Hayes Plumbing – Roland Hayes is hard to find if you’re just searching the internet because all his business is referral based.  He’s that good.

For the Denton area we recommend:

Sawyer Plumbing – Larry Sawyer has been in business for decades and is a great plumber.  We’ve been locating his slab leaks since I can remember.  He personally goes on all his jobs to meet his customers.  Outstanding plumber.

If you believe you may have a sub slab water or sewer leak,

please call or email us right away to discuss your options.  The longer you leave a leak, the worse and more expensive it becomes.

DeLong Services Slab Leak Repair – 214-221-8370

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Slab Leak Report in Dallas, Texas(Near the Addison Airport)

Another cluster of slab leaks are happening in Dallas, Texas near the Addison Airport.  The neighborhood has seen primarily water leaks but a few sewer leaks(yellow) also.  We’ve highlighted the area where we believe more slab leaks will begin to occur.

Water leaks and sewer leaks in this neighborhood of Dallas/Addison over the past 12 months.
Water leaks and sewer leaks in neighborhood of Dallas/Addison over the past 12 months.

 

If you believe you have a slab leak and are located in the Dallas, Ft. Worth Metroplex, call us today.  214-221-8370

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What Causes Water Leaks?

This is the most common question we get from customers.  “What causes water leaks?”  It’s extremely difficult to pin point a direct cause for every slab leak, but here are a few reasons why your copper piping system may have failed you.

Shifting Foundation

Foundations in North Texas are constantly shifting.  As your foundation settles, copper pipes that run through your concrete slab or concrete piers can be bent, broken, or punctured.  These are the most common type of slab leaks that we come across.

Slab Leak Repair in Dallas / Ft. Worth, Texas.
Here’s an example of a slab leak that was most likely caused by a shifting foundation.  Courtesy of theplumbingdoctoronline.com

Electrolysis(Dissimilar Metal Corrosion)

This is also a very common occurrence in North Texas, especially in homes that are near flood plains.  When chemicals in the soil react negatively with the copper piping system, they can cause pin-hole size leaks that are capable of leaking 100’s of gallons per day.  Here’s a detailed explanation on Electrolysis.

As you can see, a pin-hole size leak can cause a significant loss of fresh water.
As you can see, a pin-hole size leak can cause significant loss of fresh water. Courtesy of Mathis Plumbing Heating & Air.

Water Pressure & Bad Installs

Over time, high water pressure can cause corrosion from the inside out.  Poor copper pipe installs can leave kinks in the line, and when high water pressure flows over these kinks, it can cause corrosion.

A prime example of a poor installation.
A prime example of a poor installation.

There are more uncommon causes to slab leaks that I’ll mention in a later post.

If you believe you have a slab leak and are located in the Dallas, Ft. Worth Metroplex, call us today.  214-221-8370

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Slab Leak Alert in Arlington Heights, Fort Worth, TX

Over the past year, we’ve noticed a cluster of water leaks in the Arlington Heights neighborhood of Fort Worth, TX.  If you live in this neighborhood, it is safe to say you might be experiencing leak issues very soon.  Please keep an eye out for standing water and foundation issues.  Listen for running water when all fixtures have been turned off.  Check the meter monthly to assure you’re not leaking water beneath your foundation.

Leaks in the Arlington Heights neighborhood in Ft. Worth, TX
Leaks in the Arlington Heights neighborhood in Ft. Worth, TX

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Nu Flow Trenchless Sewer Liners Can Save Your Home’s Structural Integrity

Nu Flow Trenchless Sewer Liner by DeLong Services in Plano, TX
Nu Flow Trenchless Sewer Liners can repair sewer breaks in concrete beams without any demolition.

A Plano plumber…

ran into a huge problem earlier this week while replacing a sewer system. His repipe was almost complete when he went to cut the last section of pipe out.  The brittle cast iron sewer line broke off right before it went through a concrete beam.  Concrete beams are structural and run laterally across your home, beneath the slab.  They are a constant struggle for sewer repipes.

Tuesday morning, the plumber called us in a panic.  The owners were selling the home and the closing date was this Friday.  There was NO WAY his crew could get this done in time.

DeLong Services used a Nu Flow Trenchless sewer liner to solve his problem in less than a few hours.  We had the plumber build the sewer line to butt up as close as possible to the pipe going through the beam.  He used “hangers” to keep the line in place until we could install the trenchless sewer liner.

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We then pulled a 3″ Nu Flow Trenchless liner through the beam and through the new pipe, connecting the broken pipe in the beam and the new pipe the plumber had installed.

We saved the homeowner from extending their closing date and the plumber from losing money on the job.  It was a win for all parties involved.

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What to Expect From a Camera Inspection of Your Sewer System

Sewer repair always starts with a camera inspection.

If you’re already at this page, you are probably past the point of wondering why your sewer lines keep backing up.  Chances are you’ve had the drain cleaners out multiple times and finally one of them was honest enough to tell you that you have a cracked pipe.

Now it’s time for a thorough camera inspection of your home’s sewer and drain system.  Here’s what to expect:

  1.  Price:  Camera inspections can range anywhere from $0 to $500.  Here’s a bit of advice: If a camera inspection is free, run for the hills.  Sewer camera equipment is expensive and requires regular maintenance.  Gas isn’t cheap either.  The reason they’re not charging you for an inspection is probably because they are commissioned plumbers that are primed and ready to sell you something you don’t need.  We see it all the time.  If a camera inspection is over $250, you’re most likely paying for advertising costs.  These are usually the big guys you see on TV and hear on the radio.  They too, usually have commissioned plumbers that will give outlandish bids to unsuspecting customers in order to feed their giant advertising overhead.
  2. Scheduling:  Most home and property owners get frustrated when a tech can’t come out and inspect their sewer lines until the next week.  Here’s some advice from professionals:  Don’t rush this!  The last thing you want to do is rush a repair that should last a lifetime.  Repairing sewer lines is an extensive process so home and property owners should take their time and find the best company that is going to give 100% focus and dedication to their property.  Your house is not going to fall over tomorrow, or next week, or next month so find a good contractor that has 20+ years of experience, family owned, and someone you trust.  Ask your neighbors.  Try www.GoodContractorsList.com.  They offer a $10k guarantee on all their contractors.  Websites like Yelp.com and Google Reviews can be helpful, but you never know if the reviews are real or fake.
  3. When your camera technician arrives:  He or she will probably want to take a look around the house first and obtain a good idea of where all your plumbing fixtures are.  It is common to see what are called, “capped” or “dead” lines that can throw a technician off when locating your leaks.  The quicker he/she can eliminate “dead” or “capped” lines, the quicker he/she can finish the testing process.  The technician will most likely start at the main sewer “cleanouts” usually found in the front flower bed.  Sometimes cleanouts can be found in the back or even the side of a house or building.  It is best to find these before the technician gets there.  If neither you nor the technician can find your cleanouts, you may have to have them installed.  Sewer camera technicians can also use vent stacks on the roof to access certain areas of your sewer system.
Camera technicians can use vent stacks to access sewer lines.
Camera technicians can use vent stacks to access sewer lines.

4.  Request a video:  Most home and property owners never think to request a copy of the video inspection.  This is something you should request before you even make the appointment.  With a copy of the video inspection you can request competitive bids without having to pay for another inspection.  If they do not offer copies, RUN!  They are going to sell you something you don’t need.  I guarantee it.

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Are You Having Foundation Problems? Check For These Signs!

DeLong Services Knows Foundation Problems!

Slab leak foundation repair by professionals since 1991.
Slab leak foundation repair by professionals since 1991.

We’ve been in the slab foundation leak business for over 25 years now and let me tell you, we know foundation issues.  We can spot them a mile away and usually tell you the cause with a few small diagnostic tests.  Here are a 4 ways to know that you have foundation issues that could be caused by water or sewer leaks.

  1.  Floors buckle or are uneven?buckledfloor_delong_leak

Many times a water or sewer leak can cause floors to buckle.  This is a quick sign that your foundation is shifting or water is causing wood floors to warp.  We’ve seen the worst of it.  If left alone for too long, floors will warp up to 2 or 3 inches.  When floors become uneven, it happens very gradually and usually it is unnoticeable.  If you place a golf ball in the middle of the room and it favors one direction, you might have a water or sewer leak.

2.  Standing water or puddles?

Standing water around your house is a sure sign that something is not right!

It’s a good idea to check around your house for standing water regularly.  Not all leaks will cause standing water, but most will.  It usually just depends on the location of the leak.  This is why a leak locator is necessary.  Many times we have customers that are positive they know where their water or sewer leak is, but one thing to remember is that water takes the path of least resistance.  This means that if the soil is permeable or slopes in one direction, the water is going to follow.

3.  Stuck doors and windowsStuck windows are never fun. Open and close your windows regularly to avoid this.

This is usually the first sign that every homeowner notices.  Doors don’t close like they should or they used to.  Windows can get jammed shut and take a lot of strength to get open.  Also windows won’t seal correctly when they are shut and you can feel airflow coming through.  The soil in DFW expands and contracts regularly so don’t fret if this happens.  Call a leak detector and make sure that you are using a soaker house around your foundation regularly.

4.  Cracks in walls

If you see cracks like this...Call a professional!

When a homeowner starts to see cracks in walls inside the home and outside the home, it’s usually time to have someone out to take a look.  Cracks in walls are usually a sign you have a problem.  It may not necessarily be a water or sewer leak, but something is happening that shouldn’t be.  Most foundation issues can be corrected with proper maintenance, but sometimes piers are needed to reset the foundation to its proper placement and discourage any other parts of the house from shifting as a result.

Maintenance is Key!

Maintaining a healthy foundation is key to preserving your home’s value.  Checking for cracks and floors warping/shifting regularly is a good way to stay on top of it.  If you are at all concerned, please call us to come perform diagnostic testing before you call in a foundation repair company.  Many foundation companies will assume you need piers when you might just need a few corrections due to a water or sewer leak.

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