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Have a Hidden Plumbing Leak, Call the Leak Doctor

July 12th, 2018

While water pipes are known for their durability, but most of the plumbing systems here in the Atlanta area have been in place for several decades. Corrosion has lead to pinhole leaks, and big repair costs for homeowners.

The problems is, these tiny pinholes happen behind the scenes, where the home and business owner can’t see them.  Whether it is between a wall, in the concrete slab, or under the upstairs bathroom, they can go undetected for weeks, even months, or years, causing severe property damage.

Checking your pipes for corrosion

2There are many things that cause corrosion in water pipes. Everything from a high or low pH, excessive water pressure triggering undue wear and tear,  to high level of bacteria, and even improperly grounded electrical wiring can affect your water pipes. The fact is, over time the plumbing system corrodes. It is important to be alert for any signs of damage caused by a pinhole leak.

Locating the pinhole water leak

The small water leak isn’t always apparent. It can take months for the property owner to even notice the damages. If a water leak is allowed to go on for an extended period of time, most insurance policies won’t cover the repairs. The first indication of a water leak is often times the water bill. If you notice any changes it can indicate there is a problem that is worth investigating.

Look for any tell tale signs of a water leak, stains on the ceiling, cracks in the drywall, peeling wallpaper, musty odors, or warm areas on the floor. Remember, water travels, so if you notice any damage, the leak could be located somewhere else.

Calling in the professionals

If you suspect a water leak, take action.  The longer you wait, the more damage it causes. These types of leaks typically need professional equipment to detect the water leak without tearing into the walls or floors. The safest way to avoid these issues is to remain vigilant and ensure your plumbing and water leaks are fixed in a timely manner by a professional.

With over 20 years of experience, the Leak Doctor uses the latest technology in electronic equipment to save you time and money without the destruction and mess of ripping up your home or business. Contact Atlanta Leak Doctor today

How to Detect & Repair an Atlanta Area Slab Leak

July 2nd, 2018

Though the signs of a plumbing or a slab leak may be subtle, the damage they cause can be extensive!  The earlier any type of water leak is detected and repaired the better.

Because slab leaks have become such an issue in the Atlanta area, we have put together some tips to identify a water leak in a concrete foundation.

1An increase in the water bill

Though you may not be using any more water than usual, but your water bill has either spiked or slowly increasing over the months.

The sound of water

With all the water using appliances and fixtures turned off, listen for the sound of dripping or running water. If you hear something, it typically means you have a leak.

Low water pressure 

Low water pressure usually means a water leak somewhere on the property.

Burnt out water heater or water pump

A slab leak can significantly shorten the lifespan of a water heater, because it has to work extra hard.  Similar to a water pump, a water leak will make it run continuously, which means it won’t last as long.

Moist floors or wet areas

While a puddle of water or moist areas on the floor may be noticed in the laundry room, kitchen or bathroom, it may not so easy to notice in the yard. Water pipes run under the house and the yard.

A musty odor

The musty smell of mold is a typical sign of a water leak. The mold may start underneath the floors and creep up the walls. Slowly invading your home or business.

Warm spots on the floor

The flooring above the leak in the hot water line will warm up the concrete.

Damaged floors

Whether it’s a cracked or warped floor, dark or wet areas, it is probably from a leak in the slab.

Slab leaks need to be located and repaired as soon as possible.  Just a few years ago this meant jackhammering and repiping, but not any more.  With the Leak Doctor’s advanced technology, leaks can by detected without opening the floor. Minimum disruption means less repair costs!

Contact the Leak Doctor for more information or to make an appointment. 

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