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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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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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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A Few Things About Sewer Repair

DeLong Services uses Nu Flow Trenchless Sewer Repair

Sewer Repair is a Process

When it’s finally confirmed that you need your sewer repaired professionally, the worst thing you can do is get in a hurry.  A sewer leak isn’t going to cause extreme damage in a short time so it’s best to weigh out your options and choose the contractor that you trust the most.

ALWAYS GET MORE THAN ONE BID!!!

Contact several contractors before making a decision on two.  If you get a pushy salesman on the line, go ahead and move on.  Sewer repair is something you want done right.  If it’s not done right, you will literally pay thousands for it and good luck getting the contractor to admit he was at fault.

Sewer Repair Testing

To start a sewer leak test we start by locating and uncovering the sewer clean out system and sliding in an inflatable rubber test ball that has been attached to an air hose with a device that is unique to sewer isolation.  It has a certain flexibility that plumbers are able to maneuver around corners and isolate your sewer leaks to certain sections of the home.  The sewer cleanout area is usually located in the front of the house.  After the ball is inflated, your technician will fill up the existing sewer system with water via toilets and sinks.  Once the system is full of water, the level is then marked.  After 15 minutes or so, if the level of water has decreased, you know have you a leak on that section of the house.  The process is repeated on each plumbing section of the house until the technician has a firm idea of exactly where the leaks are.

Sewer Repair by DeLong Services

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.