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Running Toilet or Other Signs of a Leak?

Finding leaks aren’t things most people take time to do or want to. Leak detection is something that we, at Mitch Clemmons Plumbing, take seriously. Not only are you wasting water but you’re paying for it! Identifying and locating potential issues before they become a huge problem can save you money.

Each of our insured, certified, plumbers are specialists. They provide experience and skill, coupled with extensive training. These qualities allow them to locate water leaks with precision. We also use the latest in technology to help them in determining exactly where leaks maybe hiding or developing. It could be under your floors, driveway, sidewalks, lawn, trees, and even inside the walls. Of course that toilet running in the bathroom is a source of wasted water.

So, we find your toilet running or another type of leak, now what?

Finding where the leak is or could be is just the beginning. Getting to it and starting the process of repairing it is something else. Water leaks are tricky, quiet, agents of destruction. Much like a termite infestation, leaks in your pipes, slab, or elsewhere can be silently doing damage. This can go on for months or years before you see any evidence. Some leaks can be near electrical panels or wiring. These require quick action and the utmost in care and caution. With that in mind, here are some signs that you may have a leak:

Have you seen any signs of a water leak?

  • Steady drip at the faucet
  • Toilet running continuously
  • Water bill rising or higher than normal but usage steady
  • Walls feel soft in certain areas or have unusual stains
  • Smells originating from floor boards or drains
  • Water in tub or sink doesn’t drain
  • Damp sections on your concrete in your garage, patio, backyard, or wash room
  • Grass, plants, shrubs, weeds growing in odd areas
  • Mildew anywhere

There are other things to look for but those above are the most common.

Besides a running toilet what else do I need to know?

Leaks are no fun. Consider having your home, rental property, office building, or restaurant checked routinely. Not only are water leaks potentially expensive to repair but if they put your business on hiatus for an extended amount of time they’re going to become even more costly.  If you don’t see any signs but your water bill is sky high there’s obviously something going on. We can figure it out. Our highly-advanced equipment has a unique design to discover tough leaks and our technicians have insight and know-how in taking the best approach.

When maneuvering to get to a leak there’s a chance you may cause more damage. Our goal is to avoid having to remove existing walls or cut into slabs. We try and avoid taking any drastic measures to address the leak. We’ll always apply the most cost-effective approach without sacrificing the quality of work.

Water leaks, including running toilets, need immediate attention!

When you’re dealing with water leaks, you never want to take a laid-back approach. If you have suspicions, even the slightest of inklings, give us a call. If you hear your toilet running call us! We’ll do a detailed inspection of your property. Then we’ll make a best case/ worst case determination and give you several options. Now, there could be nothing seriously wrong. Let us, at Mitch Clemmons Plumbing, use our superior leak detection services to put you at ease. If it’s simply a running toilet the tightening of a hidden fixture or a coupling may fix it and you’re good to go! We will never do any more work than necessary but we’ll make sure to get the work done right.

Call Mitch Clemmons Plumbing today at 562-242-3218.

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Leak vs. Leek

When you ask most folks if “they know anything about leaks?” most will ask, “you mean like a plumbing leak?” Or they could say, “you mean like a water main leak?”

Yet if you ask a cook, chef, or someone in food service that might say “Leeks? Yea, they’re great; especially in Potato and Leek soup.” YUM! Leeks can find their way into all kinds of dishes from all over the World. From your most basic salads to the famous Vichyssoise. The leek is one of the national emblems of Wales and is a heavy influence of much its cuisine. The Bible contains several references made to leeks being in abundance in ancient Egypt. Emperor Nero consumed leeks in excessive amounts in hopes that it would strengthen his voice, make him a great orator. Now while they are bloviating about the wonders of this garlicky, chive-like plant you have a pin-hole leak slowly filling your cabinet underneath your bathroom sink with water.

Now, much like veggie leeks around the globe, a plumbing leak can pop-up just about anywhere around your home. And there are several ways to go about looking and checking for leaks.

plumbing leakDETECTION DEVICES FOR A PLUMBING LEAK

  • Several devices on the market can help you find the plumbing leak . A moisture reader helps to determine if there’s moisture in your walls which may have be the result of a leak behind the wall. Infrared cameras are also capable to help locate hot or cold areas that may be the result of moisture. You can purchase either of these at your local hardware or home improvement store.
  • Installing a flow sensor or fluid switch can help not only detect leaks but help to isolate the issue without having to cut off water to other areas of your property.
  • Specialized audio devices can also locate leaks behind solid walls or underneath concrete flooring. The process involves pushing air through pipes then the device finds where the air is seeping out from. This is most likely the origin of your leak.

HOW TO PREVENT LEAKS

  • If it’s notably colder in the winter in your area, disconnecting the hoses from your outdoor faucets can help prevent cracks forming in your pipes. Also for colder areas, adding pipe insulation for areas like basements, detached garages, or any exposed piping can help prevent pipes from freezing and cracking. With pipe insulation costing as low as .30-.40 cents a foot this can be a great cost-effective measure to save even more time and money down the road.
  • Keeping spaces underneath your kitchen and bathroom sink clear can also help prevent leaks. Often objects in a crowded cabinet beneath a sink can knock pipes around and loosen connectors and seals. Also, if there is a slight leak, objects underneath may block your view of your pipes and often a small leak that would be easily visible doesn’t become noticed until there’s a small puddle in your cabinet.
  • If you’ve ever disconnected any pipes in and around your property, it’s imperative that not only are they reconnected properly but that you use the appropriate compound and/or tape. Joints, connectors, and threading may still leak if not dressed properly before installing.

SLAB FOUNDATION LEAKS

  • Plumbing leak in large concrete slabs can make it very difficult to address issues with your plumbing. Whether it’s finding pipes or accessing sewer lines, the repairs done inside a large chunk of concrete can be time-consuming, costly, and cumbersome.
  • Now if you have a slab foundation it can be difficult to know if you have an issue and when you do realize, it’s often too late. So unless you get a clue of the leak before any substantial damage you’re basically waiting for it to reveal itself.
  • In areas where earthquakes, flooding, and/or powerful storms are common, you should be testing your foundation for structural integrity frequently. Your local plumbing professional should be able to perform these types of test. They can also test your foundation prior to other types of repairs.
  • Getting a slab leak detection test before purchasing home is a great idea as well.

Always check to see if you home owner’s insurance includes water damage caused by pipes in your foundation. This may change the way you decide to attack repairs. Sometimes replacing old pipes in a slab may be cheaper than repairing old ones. In addition, if the old pipes have a crack now…they’ll probably crack again or in another area.

DIY SOLUTIONS FOR A PLUMBING LEAK

  • Turning off the main valve then switching off water to the problem area, if possible, should always be your first step. Once the water is off, turning on the faucet to remove any water left in the pipes is your next step.
  • If you’re going to tackle fixing any plumbing leak be ready for the worst possible scenario. Spillage, clogs, and possible further damaging pipes are possibilities so always start any job with the proper tools and equipment.
  • Most simple fixes can be handle with putty/ epoxy on a small leak. Sometimes a pipe may need complete removal. Depending on the prior installation, this can be as simple as buying a standard replacement or cutting out part of the pipe with a metal saw and soldering or welding in the new piece.

Now if the task seems a bit daunting and you aren’t sure if you doing it yourself is going to be cheaper contact Mitch Clemmons Plumbing. 562-242-3218

The pros at Mitch Clemmons Plumbing can give you a proper estimate that will not only explain the job-at-hand but a variety of ways to approach it. The plumbers at Mitch Clemmons Plumbing not only have decades of experience with a plumbing leak, leak detection and repairs but are continuously trained on the latest leak detection equipment.

The folks at Mitch Clemmons Plumbing are the very best at servicing leaks in your pipes and they have a great recipe for Braised Leeks too. Give em a call!