Save Money With These Spring Plumbing Tips!

Spring Leak Detection with DeLong Services

Spring Leak Detection with DeLong Services
Spring Leak Detection with DeLong Services

Today is the first day of Spring and DeLong Services Slab Leak Detection has a few simple tips to help you save money on your water bill during these upcoming months.

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Photo credit to hirerush.com
  1. Make sure your toilet is working properly

    – As leak detectors, we’re always coming across very manageable repairs that can easily be done by the homeowner.  Running toilets is our number one culprit.  Sometimes higher than normal water bills can cause immediate panic.  If you have a high water bill, the first thing to check is the toilets.  Many times a loose “flapper” can cause a toilet to continuously fill itself and you can’t always hear the water running.  Be sure and take a close look inside the bowl to see if any water is trickling down the front or back.  You can also add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet.  If the coloring is gone in a few hours, you may be losing water.

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photo by FamilyHandyMan.com

2.  Leaky faucets

This is usually a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many leaky faucets or hoses we see as leak detectors.  Just the other week in Dallas / Ft. Worth, we found a leak on a “hose bibb” that the homeowner was unaware of.  If your home or business is on a substantial piece of property, it’s a good idea to get a leak locator out to trace all of your lines.

Run water in those old pipes to keep them fresh and free from cracking. DeLong Services, Inc.
Run water in those old pipes to keep them fresh and free from cracking. DeLong Services, Inc.

3.  Run Water in Unused Drains

Many home and business owners have a faucet or two that doesn’t get much use throughout the year for whatever reason.  Flush that toilet or run that sink every once in a while to keep the sewer system from drying out and cracking.  Many homes with cast-iron sewer systems are plagued with leaks due to dry weathered pipes.  If you find that an unused part of your sewer system is backing up, it’s time to call a professional leak detector to come do a camera inspection.

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Many leaks go unnoticed. Check exposed pipes and your valve boxes!

4.  Check exposed water lines for leaks

Exposed pipes are more likely to leak than underground piping.  Check in all the valve boxes around the home and exposed pipes under the sinks.  Take your hand and feel for water around the joints and fixtures to make sure there is no moisture.  This is an easy task and you can even add it to your kid’s to-do list during spring cleaning!

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5.  Have your sewer system clean and inspected by a professional

Although you’ll have to spend a little money, it can save you $1000s in the long run.  Have a professional come and clean out every line in your sewer system with a hydrojetter.  Click the link to see exactly how hydrojetting works.  You’ll be amazed at how efficient your plumbing will be after a thorough cleaning.  If you want to pass on the hydrojetting, it’s a good idea to at least get a camera down your lines to make sure the quality of your sewer system is in good shape.  These inspections usually run around $200.

For all your leak detection and camera inspection needs in the Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex or anywhere else in North Texas, call or visit!

Slab leak foundation repair by professionals since 1991.
Slab leak detection and repair by professionals since 1991.  Family Owned and Operated

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Winter Plumbing Tips for DFW – When a Dripping Faucet is Good!

Here are some quick tips to keep your plumbing functional and leak free during the winter months.

Courtesy of Westchester Magazine.
Courtesy of Westchester Magazine.
  • Avoid frozen pipes at all costs! – Let cold water trickle from your faucets.  This will allow a steady temperature to remain in your copper plumbing system and prevent a burst pipe, which is one of the most expensive plumbing repairs.
  • Watch your water pressure! – If you notice a drop in water pressure, you may be experiencing a frozen pipe.  A slightly frozen pipe can block water causing the pressure to build and potentially burst your pipe.
  • Circulate warm air – If you have central AC, be sure and let the heat circulate throughout the home.  Open cabinets at night.  This will also prevent frozen pipes from bursting and costing you a fortune.
  • Disconnect garden hoses! – This is one of the most important things to remember.  If ice begins to form in the garden hose, it will ultimately begin to block pressure, causing catastrophic leak issues.  Add jackets to outside hose bibs to prevent cold air from freezing connected pipes.  They usually run about $3 at Home Depot.
  • Close the hatches! – Be sure to close and cover any crawl space doors(inside and out).  This will help prevent your pipes from freezing, as well as keep the heating bill down.
  • If we experience a snow day in Dallas / Ft. Worth, make sure it doesn’t block any drainage pipes.

If you have any questions or need an emergency repair on a burst pipe or any other type of leak, call us at 214-221-8370.  Or you can email us direct from our website.  www.DeLongServicesInc.com

Slab Leak FAQ

Courtesy of repairfoundation.net
Courtesy of repairfoundation.net

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.  Here’s a short FAQ list we put together about slab leaks.  If you think you have a slab leak in the Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex, call us immediately.  The longer you wait, the more destruction you’ll endure.

What is a slab leak?

A slab leak is a water or sewer leak that lies beneath the foundation of your home or building, either in copper tubing, cast iron drain lines, or PVC.

How do I find a slab leak?

Call a professional.  Sometimes you can “guesstimate” where your slab leak is by listening for running water or feeling for hot spots on the floor.  But remember that water takes the path of least resistance, so just because you see water, doesn’t mean that’s always where the leak is.

What causes slab leaks?

There are many causes of slab leaks.  Foundations in Dallas / Ft. Worth shift quite frequently due to our soil composition and drastic weather changes.  This can cause your pipes to erode by rubbing against other pipes or the concrete foundation itself.  In some cases, sewer pipes can snap in half leaving a separation in your drainage system.  Electrolysis and bad installation can also cause sub slab leaks.  Here’s a link to a previous article where we discussed the causes of water leaks more in depth.

How much does it cost to locate a leak?

The cost of leak location depends on the type of leak you have.  If you have a water leak, you’re looking at anywhere between $100-$500 for testing.  Sewer leak detection can be a little more, depending on how many leaks a house has or how large a plumbing system is.

How much does a slab leak cost to fix?

Again, depending on the type of leak, the cost can vary.  For a simple repair, you’re probably looking at somewhere between $2,000-$3000.  If there are multiple leaks or a lot of work is necessary to uncover the leak, the final bill can be anywhere up to $10,000.

How long does it take to repair a slab leak?

It can take anywhere from 1 – 3 days to repair a water leak.  Sewer leaks can be more extensive, but usually a week maximum for almost any residential job.

 

If you think you have a slab leak in the Dallas / Ft. Worth Metroplex, call us immediately.  We can discuss your issue and decide whether further testing is needed.

DeLong Services Slab Leak Repair – 214-221-8370 – www.DeLongServicesInc.com

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!