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How to Tell If You Have a Plumbing Leak

Monday, September 14th, 2015 by Butter Plumbing

Plumbing leaks are among the most common calls we take, and here in Las Vegas, NV, we’ve seen just about every permutation of this basic plumbing issue you can imagine. In some ways, it’s more beneficial to see a catastrophic leak that spreads water all over the floor than a pinhole leak or something smaller that takes months to properly detect. With the former, you can just shut off the water and call a plumber, but the latter can cause much more damage in the time it takes for you to spot the difficulty. Trained plumbers can use advanced technology to spot the precise point of a leak, but you’re never going to know until you call them and you can’t call them until you spot the signs of trouble. Here are a few easy ways to tell if you have a plumbing leak. (more…)

How Is Professional Leak Detection Done and When Do I Need It?

Friday, December 5th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

If you’ve ever been affected by a leak in the plumbing system of your home, whether it was small or large, you probably know what an inconvenience it can be. Even a small amount of water pooling beneath the sink can leave you waiting for a repair person, worried that it will turn into a much larger issue. Unfortunately, not all plumbing leaks are so easily detectable, and you could have a leak of which you are entirely unaware—if you don’t pay attention to the signs and call on plumbers for leak detection.

Professional leak detection is a service in which a trained professional with the right tools and expertise checks your drain pipes, sewer, and water lines to look for any inconsistencies that may indicate a major leak. The technician may use any number of tools for detection. Advanced listening devices allow a plumber to hear the location that water stops flowing, while thin fiber optic video cameras allow them to visually detect the leak. In either case, technicians must determine the exact location of the leak to help you decide if you need repairs.

So how can you tell whether you need professional leak detection? Well, keep an eye out for anything that seems unusual with your plumbing. Low water pressure is often indicative of a water line leak, as water cannot reach your faucets and fixtures at the proper pressure. Wet or dark spots on the walls or ceiling can point to a leak behind the structure of the home, while wet spots in the yard or particularly green and long areas of grass can mean a water or sewer leak underneath your property.

In general, if you’re wondering whether you need professional leak detection services—you probably do! Don’t risk damage to your property, strain on your plumbing equipment, a flood, or sewage moving into your yard or through drains and risking your family’s health. You can schedule leak detection as part of annual heating maintenance, so that every component of your plumbing system—from the drains to the faucets and fixtures to your water heater and any water treatment system—is thoroughly inspected, and cleaned and/or adjusted as needed.

Call Butter plumbing to schedule professional leak detection service in Las Vegas today.

Signs that You Should Call a Professional for Leak Detection Services

Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

Sometimes, a leaking pipe reveals itself as dripping water underneath the sink or a flooded yard or basement. At other times, leaks are not immediately obvious, and you may need to call in a professional for confirmation. Professional plumbers can provide leak detection services so that you can figure out whether your plumbing problem is the result of a major leak, learn of the exact location of the problem, and decide what should be done to correct it. In the meantime, look out for some of these warning signs.

  • Water Spots around the Home: Large pools of water around the home are obvious indications of leaks, but you should also look out for some of the more subtle warning signs. Wet spots in the grass, water spots on the walls or ceilings, and any unusual moisture in the home could mean trouble. And you don’t want to let this problem go on for long. The leak will only worsen and pools of water may cause mold to grow and bacteria to thrive.
  • High Water Bills: If you notice that your water bills seem unusually high even though you have made no major adjustments to your daily routine, it could result from a plumbing leak. The piping system runs underneath your property and along unoccupied portions of your home, which makes visual detection difficult. Keep an eye out for any changes on your bill that may mean a leak is present.
  • Reduced Water Pressure: The water that comes to your home is pressurized so that it flows easily from faucets whenever a tap is turned on. When you have a breach in your pipes, water will flow elsewhere, reducing the pressure to your home. In some cases, the faucet only drips slowly or does not work at all, a good indicator that a portion of your pipes may be in trouble.

The professional plumbers at Butter Plumbing use only the most advanced technologies to locate the source of a leak without excavating any areas around your home. We have the tools and equipment that can help us determine the best way to address leaks before we start with any digging. For reliable plumbing service in Las Vegas, you can depend on our highly trained team. Give us a call today!

How to Detect a Plumbing Leak Behind the Walls

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 by Butter Plumbing

Plumbing leaks are easy to detect when they spring up in exposed pipes, like those under a sink. However, the majority of leaks occur in places out of sight, such as in floorboards, under concrete slabs, and behind the drywall of your walls. These leaks are harder to detect, and the leaking can do extensive damage to building material before you realize that the leak even exists.

Plumbers are skilled with leak detection and using special leak-detecting equipment to pinpoint leaks behind walls. When you suspect hidden pipe leaks, call for professional plumbing repair in Las Vegas from Butter Plumbing. We have more than 15 years of experience with plumbing work in the Las Vegas valley.

Signs That You Have a Leak Hidden in the Walls

  • Peeling wallpaper and wallpaper bulges: If you have wallpaper over your walls, you can sometimes catch signs of leaking when the wallpaper starts to show water damage. An early sign is peeling along the wallpaper. If the wallpaper starts to bulge, it could indicate water coming through the drywall. In either case, you need to contact plumbers to come in and perform professional leak detection.
  • Discoloration in the walls: As water builds up because of a leak, you may notice stains appearing on the walls, usually a yellow or off-white color. This usually indicates that that the damage from the leak has already gone far from the other side, so call for leak detection as soon as possible.
  • Mold or mildew: The increase in moisture from a leak will often trigger the growth of mold or mildew. Should you see either developing in spots along the walls, you need to call for plumbers right away to track down the source of the water.
  • Water bill increase: Watch for increases in your water bills which you can’t explain because of use. These costs spikes are often your best warning of a leak occurring somewhere out of sight. Even a small leak that allows out only a few drips a minute can waste 70 gallons of water in a month—enough to make a difference on your water bills.

Call for Expert Leak Detection

Leak detection is a specialized skill that uses advanced equipment such as pressure scanners, listening devices, and video pipe cameras. When you suspect a leak, let the trained professionals handle find it. Call Butter Plumbing for plumbing repair service in Las Vegas, NV that will locate the leak in your walls and pinpoint it so we can fix it with the least amount of disruption and damage to building material possible.