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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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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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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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.