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 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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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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Call us today to schedule diagnostic testing.  214-221-8370.