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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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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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.

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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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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Keep Your Sewer System Safe This Summer

Don’t let your sewer system turn into this

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Keep your sewer system safe this summer.  It sounds strange but the summer is usually when we use the most water, do the most laundry, and clean the most dishes.  If you are having regular backup issues, Nu Flow Trenchless Sewer  & Slab Leak Repair not only repairs sewer lines, but aids in the flow of debris with its extra slick surface.

Here are a few tips to keep your system running smoothly:

Check for leaks throughout your home AND OUTSIDE

Check toilets, shower heads, faucets, washing machines, water heaters, and hose connections.  Small drips can waste a lot of water.  Look for water damage.  A good way to tell if you have a leak is to turn off all water and check the water meter in the front of back of the house.  If the meter is moving in the slightest bit, you probably have a leak…maybe a slab leak. Slab leaks can waste 1,000’s of gallons of water in a matter of days.  If you’re unsure of where it is, call a professional leak locator.

Use your dishwasher instead of hand washing dishes 

Your dishwasher saves more money than you think.  According to ConsumerEnergyCenter.org, a load of dishes cleaned in a dishwasher requires 37 percent less water than washing dishes by hand. You can also save energy by letting the dishes in your dishwasher air dry.

Make sure to use all of your drains REGULARLY

If you have that bathroom in a part of the house that NO ONE ever uses, make it a point to go flush the commode once a week or use the sink.  Dried out sewer lines will crack and deteriorate quicker if they aren’t used. Slab leak repair is EXPENSIVE! If you have broken sewer lines already you can call a professional trenchless sewer repair company.  They can actually pull a sleeve into place that creates a new sewer pipe within the broken sewer pipe.

Rainfall can lead to expensive sewer repair.

Tree roots can cause SERIOUS sewer backup issues as roots are drawn toward the sewer line as a source of nutrition.   Have a plumber inspect your sewer line to access potential sewer line problems.  Trenchless sewer products are available that will completely block root intrusion.

WATCH WHAT YOU PUT DOWN THE DRAIN! 

It’s easy to throw something down the garbage disposal, but if it get’s lodged in a sewer line, you’re in for an expensive and unnecessary drain cleaning.

If you are unsure of anything, don’t hesitate to call a plumber.  With a few simple questions, a plumber can usually figure out what’s wrong and guide you in fixing it.