Water Leak Detection

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Regardless of whether you’re a homeowner, business owner, or landlord, plumbing leaks can be one of the toughest problems to fix and maintain. Leaks can happen in many places i.e. pipes, drain pipes, water lines, and sewers. It’s important to find the source of the leak so you can begin to work on the damage. Allow the professionals at Repipe1 to assist you in this matter.

Signs you might have a leak

When pipe leaks are increasing the cost of your water bill, you will want to check to make sure that the problem is associated to a leak. FIxing a leak can be an easy job, but cannot always be quickly noticed or assessed without the elkp of professional leak detectors.

Indicators of a leak:

  • Sound of water when fixtures aren’t running
  • Dripping water from the ceiling, or wet floors or carpets
  • Hot spot on the floor
  • Water seeping in through a low point in the wall
  • Hot water streaming from cold water
  • Water heater won’t shut off

Here are 5 ways to find hidden water leaks

1. Check Water Meter

One of the simplest ways to check if you have a leak in your plumbing is to check the water meter. First, turnoff all the faucets in your home and make sure washer/dryer and dishwasher aren’t in use. Watch the meter and wait to see if it changes. In the case that it is, most likely you have a fast-moving leak.

2. Watch Your Bill

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends monitoring your bill closely during winter to find out if a leak is occurring somewhere in your home. In the case that your family is using more than 12,000 gallons of water per month, there’s a high chance of a serious leak problem somewhere in your plumbing system.

3. Monitor Your Usage

Noticing your bill increasing? If your water consumption hasn’t changed, a leak may be to blame for your rising water bill.

4. Check Exterior Usage

Leaks can not happen inside the home – but occur outside too. Check your outside spigots by attaching a garden hose; if water seeps through the connection while the hose is running, replace the rubber hose gasket and check to see if all connections are secured.

5. Use your Judgement

Make it a habit to regularly check cabinets, below basin for signs of mold or unusual odors that might suggest a leak: immediate attention could save you a immense amount of money in repairs. Consider having a professional from Repipe1 make an annual inspection in your home to check for leaks or other potential problems.

 

Top Reasons Why Pipes Burst

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Upon returning home, the last type of greeting you want is a flooded home due to burst pipes. Bursting pipes not only destroy your furniture, but also cabinetry, floors, and other personal belongings. Also – they can significantly hike up your water bill. How can you determine if your pipes are going to burst?

Warning signals that your pipes may burst:

  • Consistent clogs
  • Increased water bill
  • Foul odors
  • Damp areas
  • Decreased water pressure

What causes pipes to burst?

If you have suffered or noticed the signs above in your home, we suggest you contact your plumber immediately. If this has happened to you, you may be questioning, what has caused your pipes to burst in the first place?

Corrosion:

Ever since indoor plumbing was discovered, builders have experimented with numerous metals and other alternative materials for piping. If your home was built prior to 1970, the piping in your home more than likely consists of steel, which is susceptible to bursting. The lifespan of pipes should be between 50 to 60 years. If you think your home is older, considering contacting our repiping company for a free quote.

Collapsed Pipe:

Movements in soil or increased weight can cause your pipes to collapse. Development of construction can also shift soils and put more weight on your pipes. If an extensive development plan is in or near your area, contact the site manager so you can inform them of the location of your pipes.

Rusty Pipes:

Pipes, like most common things in your home can only last for so long. Overtime, pipes will eventually wear out and rust. Frequent rusting with wear and tear makes them prone to bursts.

Tree Roots:

These are another frequent reason behind causes of pipe bursting, notably if you live in a dry area. It is quite common to underestimate how strong tree roots can be. Nothing can prevent roots from providing water to their tree..if your pipes have a minor leak or crack, the roots will exploit it. Tree roots will grow near and around your pipes steadily until they burst from being crushed.

Freezing:

If temperature gets below freezing, pipes, burst can occur. Water in the pipes will freeze if the pipes are exposed to frigid air. In this instance, water in the pipes expands, and turns into ice. The frozen ice with the pressure of the streaming water becomes too extreme to handle and you end up with busted pipes.

Bad Installation:

Leaks may occur if pipes happen to be poorly soldered or fitted connection between pipes.

Replacing your pipes

Plastic and Copper piping can have a lifetime of up to 50 years in optimal conditions. If you are suffering plumbing issues related or similar to those listed above, it sounds like it is time to contact the experts at Repipe1 to have your home repiped. Let us help you!

When Repiping is Necessary in Your Home?

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When owning a home, that means all maintenance and repairs become your responsibility to perform them on your home. Friends, family and your coworkers may have spoken about repiping their homes, but the idea never came to mind because you are not sure when your home should be repiped. The professionals at Repipe 1 have curated a list of when you should consider repiping your home.

1. Leaks

Pipes that are leaking appear to be a small issue as to why you need to repipe your entire home, but leaking is a warning sign that your pipes may have deteriorated. As time goes on, pipes can depreciate and pinhole leaks can occur. A pinhole leak is the breakthrough of the copper pipe due to the progressive attack of the pitting corrosion process. A copper water plumbing system can experience significant damage from pitting corrosion but not result in pinhole leaks for many years. Sediments and other toxins can get into your water supply. Allow us to inspect your pipes

2. Low Water Pressure

If your water pressure is low, this can also be an indication that you are due to replace your pipes. Rust buildup on the walls of your pipes lessens the width water is allowed to stream through which diminishes your water pressure. In the case that build up worsens, you run the risk of your pipes bursting.

3. Discolored Water

As the faucets run, do you notice clear water or is their a hue? If a bizarre color is coming out, it can be a clue that your pipes are rusty. Rusted pipes and water you consume may be a health hazard. If this problem continues to linger, replace your pipes immediately.

4. Older Home

If your home is older than 50 years, and have not replaced your pipes, there is a high chance you are overdue for one. More than likely, the pipes in your home are galvanized. The types of pipes burst and corrode when they age.

5. Noisy Pipes

Listen to your pipes. Do they make a lot of noises i.e. banging or creaking as the water moves through them, it may be clue that your pipes need to be replaced. Often, we ignore houses noises in through the day, or we dismiss them entirely. Listen closely when you hear your pipes making noises.

If you have suffered any of the above signs in your home, it is time to give us a call at Repipe 1. Give us a call to receive your free quote!

Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall is the best time during the year to take care of the small things and big home repairs before the days get shorter, and colder. With the feeling of the warm breeze becoming chillier, the time has come to prepare your home for the cold winter ahead!

Even the little things make a big difference in your home

1. Make exterior repairs

Take a stroll around your property and look out for indicators of damage roof, porch, windows, and siding and foundation.

2.  Check railings, stairs and the walk/driveway for safety

If the landscape around your property is hidden beneath ice or snow, walking to and from the driveway and back can be cumbersome.

Maneuver around your home with ease by checking if your stairs are in good shape with strong railings, and that the driveway does not need any repairing.

3. Tend to trees and shrubs

If your property has an abundance amount of trees, they need to be cared for. Trimming your trees and shrubs not only improves the appearance of your landscaping, but may act as prevention or correction to a safety hazard.

If DIY is not your thing, consider hiring an arborist. The professionals can detect signs of poor health in the early stages of tree loss, and know how to and when to prune to avoid the falling leaves during winter.


4. Clean the gutters, downspouts and perform repairs

Here is the time to get your mind IN the gutters! Fallen leaves may be beautiful to look at, but eventually they will fall and clog the gutters. It is time to clean, and de-clog your gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters can cause water to accumulate into a pool and damage your roof and siding. Perform any repairs necessary


5. Organize the garage

As of now,tools, lawn tools, toys, bicycles, beach umbrellas, and camping equipment is taking up a good amount of space where your car could be parked. Often, most people neglect getting their car inside the garage during winter because they find it overflowing with a disorganized mess.  

There are so many great organizing systems available – shelving, and hooks that allow you to hang bikes in the ceiling – overhead garage storage units are wonderful for creating that extra space you need.

6. Inspect Your Roof

Go outside and check your roof for signs of slight damage to your roof such as; broken, cracked, or missing shingles and bare spots where the granular coating has been worn off. Don’t forget to take care of these small necessary repairs now to prevent future damage.  


7. Plant a tree

Since trees are dormant in the fall and spring, it’s softer on the root system. When choosing a place to plant, consider where so it can contribute with saving energy. If placed right, it can act as a windbreaker during the winter and supply shade during the hot summer.

8. Button up your coat

Check for air leaks near your window and doors. A home with leaks is similar to an unbuttoned coat. If caulk is missing or damaged around your windows, doors and electrical openings (cable, phone, gas etc.), be sure to seal any gaps with proper caulk.

9. Become energy efficient

Throw on your favorite cozy sweater while in the comfort of your own home to keep heating cost low.


10. General cleanup

This ties back to garage clean up, now is the perfect time to get rid of your the excess stuff around home that has been accumulated. Items such as accumulated newspaper, and leftover household cleaning supplies should be thrown out to prevent any risk of future fires. Clear up space and free of cleaning supplies around heaters, furnaces, and other heat producing appliances.