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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After countless hours spent weeding, aerating, watering, mowing, and landscaping, you’ve finally done it—you’ve grown a beautiful lawn. It would be a shame if something…were to happen to it! If you find yourself in need of sewer repair services, you might just need to rip that baby up to get to the pipes under your lawn.

But wait, isn’t there any way you can avoid tearing up your beautiful, lush grass? Lucky for you and your green thumb, there is.

Introducing trenchless sewer line repair!

What is it? How does it work? These are some of the questions that I want to take some time to answer right now.

What Is Trenchless Line Sewer Repair?

Perhaps the simplest way to explain trenchless sewer line repair is to compare it to the traditional method.

When most homeowners and lawn enthusiasts think of sewer line repair, they usually picture heavy machinery digging up their yard to get to the lines below. With this type of repair job, the plumber must dig trenches along the route of the pipes in order to remove them and replace them or make the necessary repairs.

As the name implies, trenchless sewer repair fixes the problem without the need for trenches, which can save homeowners the grief of destroying their prized lawns and landscaping.

In some cases, traditional sewer line replacement is the best option. It can be more cost-effective, though not always. It really does depend on each homeowner’s situation. If there is a lot of landscaping, asphalt, or concrete along the route of the pipe, the trenchless method could be the better choice.

How Does It Work?

When it comes to trenchless repair, there are three methods available—directional drilling, pipe bursting, and trenchless pipe lining.

With directional drilling, a new tunnel is dug along the path of the old pipe, usually several feet below it. Then a new pipe is inserted and connected to the sewer system.

Pipe bursting essentially breaks the existing sewer line into fragments so that they can be removed. Following the removal of the fragments, a new pipe is then installed.

Finally, trenchless pipe lining, also known as a cured-in-place-pipe (CIPP), is a relatively new method that allows certified plumbers to perform sewer repair services with little to no digging. The trenchless pipe lining method uses a felt or fiberglass lining and epoxy resin to plug any leaks in an existing pipe. Once the lining and epoxy are in place, the lining is inflated so that it presses against the existing pipe. Then it is left to cure with the epoxy for up to 24 hours.

Schedule Your Sewer Line Repair Services with a Plumber You Can Trust!

Need help fixing your sewer line? Get in touch with Custom Plumbing of Arizona to learn more about your options. We’ll help you decide which method is the best one for your situation.

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Sometimes it’s possible to fix a plumbing problem with drain cleaning and proper maintenance. Other times, you may need to do something more drastic to prevent serious damage. Sewer replacement can be expensive, but when the sewer lines have deteriorated, it could be your only option.

If you’re not sure when to replace a sewer line, take a look below at a few reasons it might be time to start thinking about it.

Your Pipes Are Just Getting Old

Do you know when your home was built? Is it 50 years old? 100? If you live in an older home, chances are pretty good that your sewer system is old, too. As sewer pipes age, they are more prone to failure. Furthermore, the materials that people used for sewage systems back in the day tend to be more likely to leak from corrosion—in many cases, older homes have cast iron or galvanized steel piping. If you have never scheduled a sewer replacement and you live in a home built before the 1970s, it’s probably time to talk to a professional.

Your Pipes Are Constantly Clogging

It’s no secret that sometimes pipes clog. Toilets and sinks and shower drains often clog from the buildup of gunk and materials that pass through them. Sometimes they clog because people let the wrong things go down the drain. But if you haven’t been abusing your plumbing by flushing things you shouldn’t and you still experience frequent clogs at multiple locations of your home, the problem could be much bigger.

It’s possible that all you need to do is schedule a drain cleaning service, so you don’t need to worry just yet.

You Notice Bad Smells or Weird Sounds

Bad odors and strange sounds could also indicate that sewer replacement is in your future.

If you notice any bad smells emanating from a drain, it could mean that your p-trap is dry. The p-trap is the u-shaped pipe that prevents gases from emerging from the sewers while still allowing liquids and solids to pass through. When the p-trap runs dry, the gases can pass freely and stink up your home. Try running the water for a bit to refill it, and then monitor the drain in question to see if the odor persists. If, however, more than one drain in your home smells bad, this is a sign of sewer line problems.

You have probably also noticed that your plumbing system isn’t entirely quiet. While that is to be expected, if you ever hear any gurgling sounds or see air bubbles in the toilet, you could have a sewer problem on your hands

What Should I Do Before Scheduling Sewer Replacement Services?

If you notice any of the above signs, you should speak to a professional plumber. At Custom Plumbing of Arizona, we will take a look at your plumbing problems and tell you what the best course of action is. We will make sure that we exhaust every possibility before recommending the replacement of your sewer system.

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One of the worst plumbing problems you can face as a homeowner is a slab leak. In some cases, rerouting plumbing is necessary to fix the problem and prevent future damage to your home.

Finding the slab leak and repairing the broken pipe can take a lot of time and energy. In some instances, you will have to cut or break the concrete slab itself to access the leaking pipe. It can be expensive, and many times it can go undetected for a long time, causing extensive damage.

Sometimes, it’s too difficult and expensive to access the pipe that is leaking. When this happens, you may need to reroute your plumbing to your attic.

How to Reroute Plumbing

If you decide to reroute your pipes on your own, it’s important that you understand the proper way to go about it. Rerouting the plumbing is a complicated, time-consuming task that is best left to the professionals. But if you want to give it a try, here are a few pointers.

Plan the Route Your New Pipes Will Take

You will need to create a plan for installing the new pipes and rerouting plumbing in your home. Where you redirect your plumbing system depends largely on building codes, but many people choose to reroute their pipes above ground to the attic. For colder climates, it’s best to avoid the outside walls to prevent freezing, but we don’t usually have to worry about that in Arizona. To do this, you’ll need to reroute the pipes up through the walls. Be sure to know exactly where important structures like wiring are located so that you can plan the most efficient system.

Plan for Future Access

When rerouting plumbing in your home, you may want to consider installing panels in places that you might need access to in the future. It’s best to place these panels in areas that are inconspicuous if you are worried about how it is going to look. You might consider an area behind a door, or even inside a closet to make it less noticeable.

Turn Off the Water Supply

You might think that I don’t really need to mention this, but you would be surprised. We have had to clean up plenty of messes because someone tried to DIY and didn’t really know what they were doing. So, before you begin rerouting your plumbing, be sure to turn off your main water supply valve.

Install Your New Pipes as Planned

Now that you’ve got a plan, it’s time to reroute your pipes. Are you confident in your abilities to do it the right way the first time? If not, you really should let the professionals take care of it for you.

Rerouting Plumbing Can Be Difficult. Get the Professional Help You Need!

Give us a call at 602-883-2761 today if you want to learn more about how Custom Plumbing of Arizona can help you reroute your home’s plumbing system. We are experts, and we’ll do it right the first time.

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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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