Signs That You Have a Plumbing Leak

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Plumbing problems are not like the issues that can develop with your other home appliances. Since so much of the plumbing in your home is hidden from you, it can be very difficult to tell when your pipes start having problems. This is especially true of the most common plumbing problem: the leak. Leaks can cause quite a bit of damage to your home if they are left alone for long periods of time. So, it’s a good idea to recognize the signs that you may have a leak as soon as possible. Let’s take a look at some of those signs. (more…)

Why Pinhole Leaks are so Dangerous to Your Home

Monday, April 6th, 2015

When you think about serious plumbing issues, what comes to mind? Do you think about clogs, large leaks, or even ruptures? Many homeowners are of the belief that the worst plumbing issues are the big ones, those that cause the most flashy and immediate damage. This actually isn’t the case. Some of the worst plumbing issues are the ones that you likely won’t even notice until it’s too late. Read on to find out more about one of the most damaging plumbing issues you’re likely to encounter: the pinhole leak.

The Cause of Pinhole Leaks

Copper pipes have been the major plumbing material for almost 60 years, due to their resistance to most forms of corrosion. However, there is still one kind of corrosion that still affects copper pipes: pitted corrosion. Pitted corrosion tends to be focused in a very small area of the pipe, and works from the outside inward. This will open up a small leak in the pipe, known as a pinhole leak. Pinhole leaks are only large enough to leak one or two droplets of water at a time. However, on a long enough timeline that’s all they need to cause significant damage.

Why Pinhole Leaks are Dangerous

The reason that pinhole leaks are so much more dangerous than other plumbing issues is because they’re subtle. Most larger plumbing issues have equally large symptoms to warn homeowners. A pipe rupture will result in the loss of water flow, while a clog backs up through the drain. With a pinhole leak, though, the problem itself is so small that there’s no way to tell if you have one without examining the pipe. This gives the leak time to inflict water damage over a wide area, one drop at a time. The first time that many homeowners become aware of a pinhole leak is usually when they notice a large section of their wall has become rotted out.

The only way to catch pinhole leaks in time to mitigate the damage is to have your plumbing inspected at least once a year. If you haven’t had your plumbing inspected in a while, call The Trusted Plumber. We provide plumbing services throughout Phoenix, AZ.

Why Is Leak Detection for My Plumbing Necessary?

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Any leaks in your home’s plumbing need to be taken care of as soon as possible. Leaks not only waste water and inflate your bills, they also cause extensive damage to building material, destroy belongings, cause uncomfortable increases in indoor humidity, and trigger the growth of mildew and dangerous molds.

However, there is a tricky problem when it comes to water leaks: actually finding them. Most indoor plumbing runs hidden from sight behind drywall and floorboards. The only place where you will routinely see exposed pipes is underneath sinks. If leaks start in your plumbing, you may see signs of the problem—such as stains on the walls, warped boards, and rising water expenses—but you will still not know exactly where the leaking pipe is.

This is where professional water leak detection in Phoenix, AZ will help you. When you contact skilled plumbers like those on staff at The Trusted Plumber, you’ll receive leak detection that will pinpoint exactly where the plumbers need to cut through drywall, remove boards, or drill through concrete slabs. Through the precision techniques of leak detection, the plumbers will cause the least disruption to building material as possible.

How Leak Detection is Done

What sets professional leak detection apart is the advanced equipment and the technicians’ skill at using them and interpreting their data.

The most common tool used in leak detection is acoustic equipment, such as listening discs and ground microphones. These allow the plumber’s trained ear to detect the sound of water escaping a pipe even through thick building material. Another way of locating where water is escaping is through thermal scanners that can detect the changes in temperature around the leaking pipe.

The surest way to find a leak is using video camera inspection equipment. Miniaturization technology allows plumbers to send tiny cameras down drains on fiber optic cables and see a visual of the inside of the pipes on a monitor. Not only does this show the plumber the exact location of the leak, but also its type and size. The plumbing work will go faster with this information.

Although it is possible to find professional leak detection equipment for sale through some specialty online retailers, they are both too expensive and too complicated for untrained professionals to use. Leak detection is a job to leave to licensed plumbers who come with the proper tools.

The Trusted Plumber offers quality plumbing repair in Phoenix, AZ. We stand behind our work with a 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee, and have emergency service available for when a massive pipe leak catches you by surprise. Contact us today and let us know about any leaks you have in your plumbing that need fixing.