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Save Money, Detect Atlanta/Marietta Water & Plumbing Leaks

June 24th, 2018

The earlier you detect and fix a plumbing leak the better.  The longer you wait the more it will cost in repair bills, property damage, and the hassle of cleaning up the mess.

Whether it is a slow leak from an aging water pipe or a sudden burst, early detection can save you a lot of frustration!

Water rates have soared in the Atlanta area in the last decade. The fact is, it’s expensive to waste water. Often times a plumbing leak is hidden, between walls, in the basement, or under a concrete slab, the first place it shows up is in the water bill.

If you received a higher than normal water bill

Hear the sound of running water when all appliances and faucets are turned off

ThinkstockPhotos-470453815Experience slow water flow

Have warm areas on the floor

Hear the pipes rattling

Gurgling faucets

Mold or wet areas on the ceilings or walls

Unexplained musty odor

If you notice any of these you may have a leaking pipe

Check the sinks and faucets

Take a good look under the cabinet, check for any water on the sub flooring, mold, the supply line and the pipes for any moisture.

Check for any drips or moisture around the fixtures and under the cabinet. Look for any water on the sub flooring, mold, the supply line and the pipes for any dampness.

Toilets account for one third of the house’s water use. An easy way to test for toilet leaks is by putting a couple drops of food color into the tank of the toilet, wait a few minutes and if the color seeps into the bowl, it indicates a leak.

Use the water meter to check for leaks. With all the water using appliances turned off and nobody is using the water in the home, check to see if the flow indicator on the water meter is registering. If all the water is off it should not be moving. Read the meter and come back in about an hour, if there isn’t any water usage in the home the meter should read the same, if the meter has increased, it indicates a leak.

Check the Yard

Walk around the property and look for any cracking in the pavement, depressions, or unusual wet spots in the lawn.

Call a Professional

The professionals at the Leak Doctor have extensive training and know where to look. We have tracked down thousands of water leaks, so whether the leak is under the old oak tree in the front yard or in the wall behind the shower, they can find the source.

Contact the Leak Doctor today for an appointment.

Plumbing Tips That Can Save Atlanta Residents Lots of Money

June 13th, 2018

Detecting water leaks early can end up saving you a lot of money and frustration. Unfortunately, water intrusions don’t fix themselves, they just get worse with time, causing more damage and wasting water.

You may think, it’s just a small leak, how much damage can it do?

“The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day,” the Environmental Protection Agency.

With the cost of water going up every year, it seems we are paying more and more for water. But an increase in your water bill can also indicate a water leak. Most leaks are hidden, behind walls, under concrete slabs, and even under the lawn.

Water leaks can be pretty costly!

ThinkstockPhotos-500598328-2Causing damage to the flooring and walls

Weaken the integrity of your house

Encourage pest infestation

Dangerous mold growth

High water bills

Wasting precious water

Water leaks can be sneaky, it can be like finding a needle in a haystack. That’s why knowing a few things about water pipes, water sounds and detecting water leaks is so important.

Check your water meter is a good place to start. Turn off all appliances using water both inside and outside your home. Locate the outside water meter and write down the number. Notice the meter’s flow indicator gauge, the small red or black dial, if it’s still registering it indicates a water leak. After about an hour with all water sources turned off, go back and check the meter, if the number is different you definitely have a water leak.

Hiring the professionals at the Leak Doctor means accurately locating the water intrusion at a low cost.

Because our technicians use the latest non-invasive equipment to locate water leaks, including frequency sensitive computers, specialized listening equipment, ground probes and other electronic devices it saves homeowners money!  Instead of having to break into a wall, tear up the yard, or dig through concrete, we are also able to examine the entire pipe to ensure all issues are resolved.

 

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