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Leaky Pipe Repair & Replacement San Diego and Riverside
Whether clearly visible or cleverly hidden, leaking pipes lead to water damage ranging from a small stained area to a major structural damage. So if you suspect you have a leak, do not ignore it. In many cases, you can make a plumbing repair yourself, but those fixes tend to fail sooner rather than later. Our residential and commercial plumbing experts can quickly determine if you have a water leak, pinpoint the source of the leak, then make permanent repairs. Hometown Plumbing provides affordable leaky pipe repair and replacement services to all San Diego, Riverside and surrounding areas. Schedule an appointment today.
What To Do
If you can hear or see a leaky pipe directly, or if there are wet areas with pooling water, that is an emergency. Shut off the water (there are usually valves underneath sinks and behind toilets) for fixture plumbing problems or at the main shutoff valve for leaky pipes. It is time to call our plumbing services. You must also consider contacting a water damage restoration specialist to get everything thoroughly dried out before major deterioration sets in.
It is not always clear if the problem is in the plumbing or in the building. Both can leave water stains and damp areas. You might see or smell mold. If there is a jump in your water bill or you notice hot or warm spots on the floor a pipe leak is a more likely culprit. Brownish or otherwise discolored water may indicate that corrosion has set in. Lower water pressure might also be an indicator.
You may want to perform a test yourself with the utility water meter, using the instructions from sources like https://www.chandleraz.gov/residents/water/water-conservation/education-and-resources/how-to-check-for-a-water-leak. For greater confidence in ruling out a plumbing problem you may want to run the test for 1-2 hours. Don’t forget water-users such as toilets and ice makers, and remember to check under the bathroom and kitchen sink cabinets for signs of dampness.
Like most plumbers, we can perform a more sensitive pressure test along with other checks to narrow down the possibilities. But we can also use our array of electronic leak detection gear to track down the source. That is especially important for three reasons.
- The source of the leak can be quite a distance from where dampness finally surfaces.
- Several of our instruments can locate roof, window, and other leaks as well as leaking pipes.
- Meter and pressure tests cannot detect leaks in drain and sewer lines, but our equipment and expertise can. We can also perform video camera pipe inspections for sewer lines.
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Pipe Leak Repairs
Once the exact location is tracked down, the plumbing repair consists of cutting out the damaged section of pipe and replacing it with pipe of the same material, or a compatible superior material. Before cleaning up and leaving we triple-check that the repair is sound. For older buildings with a generally poor condition of plumbing you may want to consider re-piping to completely avoid future leaks elsewhere.
Insurance Tip: You may have heard that homeowner’s insurance covers water leaks. Unfortunately, that is only for water damage and doesn’t include the plumbing repair itself. And a claim is likely to be denied if the problem resulted from poor maintenance. (https://www.allstate.com/tr/home-insurance/water-damage.aspx) It is obvious that a professional plumbing inspection from time to time is a wise precaution.
Choose Hometown Plumbing
We are known for our on-time arrivals, particularly the 60–90-minute response times 24 hours a day as well as for our fast and polite plumbers that respect you and your property. Our customers appreciate us not having extra charges or higher rates for nights and weekends. Setting the highest standards for ourselves we have a lifetime warranty on our workmanship.