If there’s one thing that all homeowners should fear, it’s a water leak. Not only can leaky pipes and fixtures cause thousands of dollars in damage if they go undetected, but they can also damage irreplaceable family memories like photos, heirlooms, and other priceless objects. And if the water doesn’t cause damage, the moisture will—rot and mold are especially insidious problems many homeowners have to deal with every year.

Since we are all staying at home as much as possible, I thought I’d do a post on how to find leaks around the house. Why not learn how to detect a problem before it becomes a problem so that you can actually, I don’t know, enjoy living in your home while you’re stuck there?

I’m game, are you? All right! So, sit back and take a quick peek at how to detect a water leak in three common situations.

Hot Water Heater

Hot water heaters can be deceptive. Just because there is a puddle of H2O near your heater doesn’t mean it’s leaking. Condensation commonly accumulates on the pipes and surfaces in the surrounding area. If your hot water tank is in the basement, it’s even more likely that condensation is the culprit.

To determine whether your puddle is the result of a leak or condensation, first dry the area and any wet fixtures and pipes. Then, check all the pipes periodically to determine if the moisture has reappeared. If it is a leak, you should be able to locate the source.

Sink

If you notice moisture below your sink, you probably have a water leak in the supply line, the shutoff valves, or the slip joints in the waste line. For the first two, you must first look for wetness on the lines themselves. Run a dry paper towel along the supply lines and shutoff valves to see if they are wet. For the slip joint, fill the sink with water and then check all the joints along the waste line while the water drains. If any major leaks exist, you’ll see them.

Toilet

Toilets can leak just like any other plumbing fixture in the house, and when they do, they can cause a lot of damage. There are two primary sources of toilet leaks—the supply lines and the flange. To detect leakages in the supply lines, check them with a dry paper towel as in the example with the sink above.

Flange leaks can be especially damaging. If you notice any of the following signs in your bathroom, you probably have a flange leak:

  • Water seeping out around the base of the toilet
  • Stained flooring or carpet near the toilet
  • Stained or damaged ceiling in the room below the toilet

Unless you know how to fix these types of water leaks, it’s best to call a professional plumber.

Bonus: 3 More Place to Check for Water Leaks

If none of the examples above is the source of the unexplained water, try checking these three places as well:

  • Water spigots on the outside of the house
  • The meter line
  • Shower heads

Not able to figure out where the water is coming from? That’s OK! Give us a call today and we’ll send one of our expert plumbers to find the source.

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At Custom Plumbing of Arizona, slab leaks are one of the most destructive problems that we help our clients solve. Our slab leak detection service gets to the root of the problem quickly so that we can stop the damage before it gets too bad.

Want to learn more about this serious problem so you can be prepared? Keep reading our blog below.

What Is a Slab Leak?

A slab leak is plumber-speak for when a water line below the concrete foundation of a building has developed a leak. These leaks can occur on the pressure or drainage side of a home or business. Leaks that develop on the pressure side are usually easier to detect, but they can cause significant damage if you don’t know the signs. On the drainage side of the building, slab leak detection can be a bit more difficult. Such leaks can go on for years and literally cause the foundation of a home or commercial building to collapse from the erosion.

Common Slab Leak Causes

It’s not always possible to determine what causes a slab leak, but here are a few common causes.

Damage from Installation

It’s not uncommon for pipes to sustain damage that goes undetected when they are installed, whether this is during home building or pipe replacement. It is also possible that the pipes were installed incorrectly from the beginning. When this happens, serious problems can occur.

Shifting Foundation

The solid ground your home or business sits on might seem pretty solid to you, but it is, in fact, constantly shifting. When the ground surrounding your home begins to move, your pipes could become damaged from changes in pressure.

Corrosion

Perhaps the number one cause of slab leaks is everyday, normal corrosion. Not only can your pipes react to the water running through them, but also they can react to the soil where they are buried.

Signs You Have a Slab Leak

If you think that you have a slab leak on your hands, keep an eye out for the following signs:

  • An unexplained increase in your water consumption
  • Moisture under carpeting
  • Visible mold or the smell of mold
  • Low water pressure
  • Cracks in the walls of your foundation

There are many other things that could signal that you have a leak beneath your home or business’s foundation, such as the sound of running water when your water is turned off or standing water around the outside of the building in question. If you are unsure about something that is happening with your plumbing, you should contact a professional.

Ask Us about Our Slab Leak Detection Services

If you think your home or business might have a slab leak, don’t waste another second. Get in touch with Custom Plumbing of Arizona today and prevent irreparable damage from occurring with our slab leak detection services.

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A clogged drain can happen for many reasons. It can start as a minor annoyance, but in a little time, it can balloon into a serious problem that causes major damage and requires costly repairs. That’s probably the last thing that you need right now, right?

So why not learn more about why clogged drains happen and how to prevent them?

If that sounds good to you, keep reading below about six possible reasons for your clogged drain.

Toilet Paper

Let’s start in the bathroom. We all use the toilet pretty much every day, so it should come as no surprise that one of the most common reasons clogs happen is because of a blockage in the toilet. And it’s not always the fault of No. 2. In fact, clogged toilets usually occur because we use too much toilet paper. One way to prevent that from happening is to limit the amount of TP that goes into the toilet in the first place.

Soap

Isn’t soap supposed to clean things and not make them dirty? It turns out, when it comes to your pipes, soap can actually make things less clean. That’s because many soaps are made from fat, which can turn into soap scum when combined with minerals in hard water. Not only does soap scum stain bathroom fixtures, but also it can build up in pipes, causing a clogged drain. To prevent soap scum from building up in your drain, be sure to clear out any deposits with hot water regularly.

Hair

In the shower, one of the primary reasons that drains get clogged is because of hair buildup. While hair clogs can be difficult to remove if they are left for too long, the prevention is pretty simple: get a catch guard for your shower drain and make sure that they are clear.

Mineral Deposits

In areas that rely on hard water, mineral deposits can get so bad that they completely block the pipes. If you don’t want a clogged drain to get in your way, you might want to consider installing a water softener.

Dirt

Whether in the shower, in the kitchen sink, or in the pipes that drain the washing machine, dirt buildup is another common reason people experience a clogged drain. Don’t want a drain clog from excess dirt? Prevention is as simple as shaking as much off outside as possible before washing.

Food

Some people think that food waste is okay to put down the sink if you have a garbage disposal. These people are wrong. While it is perfectly fine to allow a small piece or two to go down, you shouldn’t ever put chunks of food down the sink, even with a disposal. Put your food waste in the garbage, or better yet, start composting.

Got a Clogged Drain? Contact the Experts at Custom Plumbing

Need help with a particularly tricky clog? Get in touch with us today! We’ll get your pipes running smoothly again.

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Drain cleaning is a horrible situation to deal with as an average homeowner. You should follow the two most common rules of keeping your drains clean, don’t put oil any disposable products down the drain. but even if you do take those precautions, clogging in the drains are bound to happen.

Often, you can take care of a clogged drain by only having to use a plunger. When this isn’t the case, the issue immediately becomes a lot worse. When the plunger doesn’t work, most people go to the store and buy chemical drain cleaning solution. This method of drain cleaning can work in some scenarios but isn’t recommended by most plumbers. Chemical drain cleaning solution will only work in scenarios slightly worse than what the plunger will take care of. For drains dealing with major clogging, the chemical drain cleaning solution won’t be effective. In fact, the chemical solution will do more damage to your pipes than it will do good. The chemicals in the solution will eat away at the pipe, leading to corrosion and, eventually, leaks.

The best solution you choose for handling your drain cleaning is calling the experts at Custom Cooling and Plumbing services. Having professional plumbers come in and do the job is the best option to take when dealing with advanced plumbing issues. With the proper equipment to handle a clogged drain in the toilet, sink, or shower/bathtub, there isn’t a drain that can’t be cleaned.
Taking Care of Drain Cleaning
One solution to cleaning your drain pipes is the plumbing snake. A plumbing snake is a machine with a metal rod that goes down the drain. Once the metal rod is down the drain, it pushes through the blockage creating the clog. This method of drain cleaning is great for intermediate levels of clogging. Whether it’s food scraps in the kitchen sink or hair gathering in the shower/ bathtub drain, the plumbing snake will take care of the issues. The disadvantage of using the plumbing snake is that it can’t take care of the toughest of blockades.

Another method of drain cleaning is the use of a hydro jet. The hydro jet is another machine that is similar to the plumbing snake. By using a metal rod to go down the drain, the rod uses a pressurized water jet to break up the blockage causing the clogging. The hydro jet’s pressurized water can break through the toughest of blockades. There isn’t a blockade that can’t be taken care of with the hydro jet. The disadvantage of the hydro jet is its powerful jet will do damage to older pipes that can’t handle the force.

The inconvenience of dealing with drain cleaning is awful. Don’t waste your time with chemical drain cleaning solutions from the store when you’ll get the best result from the professionals. Contact the plumbing experts at Custom Cooling and Plumbing Services to get the job done right, guaranteed. Don’t settle for less than the best in Phoenix when it comes to taking care of your plumbing.

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