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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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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We Are Dallas / Fort Worth’s Leak Detection Specialists!

Leak detection in Dallas, Farmers Branch, and Fort Worth
Leak detection in Dallas, Farmers Branch, Fort Worth and other surrounding cities.

We are the longest running leak detection company in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex

Delong Services has been offering leak detection services in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex for 25 years.  This makes us the longest running leak detection specialists in the area.  We are family owned and operated and leak detection and repair is our ONLY business!

Underground Leak Detection

We at Delong Services specialize in underground leak detection and repair.  We offer no other service.  Concentrating on this service alone helps us to keep our costs down and our experience up!  Some of our family have literally been detecting leaks since they were 13 years old.  Repairing leaks requires contractors to be versatile.  We’ve seen every scenario you can imagine so you can trust that we will repair your leaks right the first time!

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Sewer and Water Leaks Near Flower Mound and Lewisville

Slab Foundation Leaks and Sewer Line Repair near Flower Mound and Lewisville!

Slab and Sewer Leaks in Flower Mound and Lewisville, TX
Plotted water and sewer leaks in Flower Mound and Lewisville, TX

We’ve released a new map of our predicted slab foundation water leaks and sewer leaks we’ve come across in the past 6 months.  If you see clusters of water or sewer leaks near your home, please give us a call to make sure you aren’t wasting water or ruining your foundation.  214-221-8370 Water and sewer leaks that go diagnosed cause SERIOUS problems!

Why Are There So Many Slab Leaks in Plano?

Slab Leaks in Plano are becoming more and more common!
Beautiful Plano, TX

Plano Has More Slab Leaks Than Any Other Part of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex…??

This may seem strange…but we’ve noticed an ABUNDANCE of slab leaks in Plano!  We track clusters of slab leaks and we do this for a reason.  Most neighborhoods in Plano were built at the same time in a rush for much needed housing.  Unfortunately, this means that these pipes go bad at the same time too.  Slab leaks in Plano are increasing by the day.  If you’ve noticed your water bill getting higher or are hearing your water lines running when they shouldn’t be, call a professional.  Ask your neighbors in Plano if they’ve had any slab leaks repaired in the past.  Plano’s soil composition has been showing strong signs of electrolysis recently.  This could mean exaggerated wear on your cast iron and copper pipes and if leaks aren’t detected early they can end up costing an arm and a leg.  According to our predictions, if you live in Plano, chances are you will have a slab leak in the next 2 years.

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Leak Location

DeLong Services specializes in underground slab foundation leak location and repair.
DeLong Services specializes in underground slab foundation leak location and repair.

Leak Locators and What to Know…

Most average plumbers do not practice leak location.  When your plumber has identified your issue to be an underground slab leak, he or she will normally refer you to a leak locator in your area.  Leak locators specialize in underground leaks and nothing else.  This is because underground leaks are complicated and the process of repair has a high overhead due to the labor costs involved.

A good leak locator works with your plumber

During the process of locating and repairing your slab leak, a leak locator will usually be in contact with your plumber about the situation and the leaks they discover.  Often, it is your plumber that makes the actual repair.  A good leak locator works with your plumber in order to keep you happy and informed and honor the trust you have developed with them.

Locating and repairing slab foundation leaks can be a lengthy PROCESS

Leak Locators have specialized equipment that is very expensive and this is why most plumbers don’t have these tools on their truck.  If you’ve discovered you have an underground slab foundation leak, think about getting a professional leak specialist before you let your plumber attempt to locate and repair the leak.  Locating and repairing slab foundation leaks can be a lengthy process and needs to be monitored by a professional throughout to ensure that your slab foundation does not suffer any unnecessary stress.

Every leak is different.

Consider this when you are hiring a slab foundation leak repair service.  An experienced leak locator knows how to succeed at repairing leaks despite the multiple obstacles they might encounter.  Until you can actually see the pipes underneath your foundation, you really can’t tell what’s going on for sure.

Leak locators have to make assumptions based on experience.

Make sure your leak locator and slab leak repair service has multiple years of experience or you might end up being one of their “learning experiences.”

Slab Leak Repair and What You Need to Know

Slab Leaks

…are extremely common in North Texas.  Our expansive soil allows for slab foundations to shift without causing too much damage, but sometimes slab leaks can occur.  “Slab leak” is a term generally used to describe a fresh water leak under a concrete slab in a residential home. However many people within and out of the industry use this term generically to describe both sewer and water leaks. DeLong Services specializes in underground sewer and fresh water leaks.  These leaks are usually 3-4 ft. deep in most parts of the home.

DeLong Services has been repairing slab leaks since 1991 in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area
DeLong Services has been repairing slab leaks since 1991 in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area

More About Slab Leaks…

Testing should be done once every few years to insure that your foundation is not being compromised by small leaks lurking under your home.  If a homeowner allows a slab leak to continue for too long, it can expand the soil around the area and start to cause cracks in walls and serious foundation issues.  DeLong Services and Nu Flow Services have been specializing in slab leaks since 1991.  There’s nothing we haven’t seen on a slab leak call.  Call us today to locate your slab leaks and repair them or just for a maintenance call to make sure your water systems are still operating smoothly.