Recognizing the Warning Signs of a Major Plumbing Leak

Have you noticed cracks in your foundation, foul odors from drains, or pests in and around your home? These issues could all be signs of leaks in your plumbing system.

Signs You May Have a Major Water Leak

Cracked Foundation or Slab Leak

One of the most apparent signs of plumbing leaks is a cracked foundation. Leaking pipes can cause the ground to swell, exerting pressure on the foundation and leading to cracks or unevenness. If you notice new cracks along the edges of your foundation or if your floor appears to be raised or bubbled from the foundation, it’s important to investigate further with hydrostatic testing.

Drain Flies and Other Pests

Leaking pipes create a conducive environment for pests. The presence of even small pests like gnats in and around your home can indicate underlying plumbing issues. Gnats are attracted to the moist environment of leaking and blocked drains, which can lead to a chain reaction of pests – including spiders, geckos, snakes, and even larger pests like opossums or raccoons. If you’re experiencing an increase in pests or notice them congregating near plumbing fixtures, it’s a strong indicator that you need to check for leaks or blockages.

Foul Odors from Drains

Sewer gas odors emanating from drains or plumbing fixtures can be an indication of a leak or blockage in your plumbing system. These odors tend to occur when there is a lack of proper water seal in the pipes. This can be caused by a multitude of issues, including leaks, breaks, or blockages that allow sewer gas to escape into your home. If you detect foul odors, especially in areas like bathrooms or kitchens, it’s important to check for leaks to identify the source of the problem.

Leak Detection with Hydrostatic Testing

Hydrostatic testing is a crucial diagnostic tool that we can use to help detect leaks, which helps us address related problems before they escalate.

Hydrostatic testing is a specialized water pressure test used to detect leaks in a home’s plumbing system. This process involves inserting an inflatable ball into the mainline sewer cleanout and inflating it to block the sewer line under your home.

With the sewer line blocked, the plumber fills the system with water until it reaches the edge of your home’s slab foundation, monitoring the water level for any drops or failures to reach the desired level. Once we have identified that your plumbing system does have a leak, we can perform an isolation test to help determine where the issue originates.

Why Test for Plumbing Leaks with Hydrostatic Testing?

  • Cost-Effective Diagnostic:It’s lower-cost and quicker than digging up plumbing lines right away, and it allows you to determine if you have a leak in the first place. Identifying and repairing leaks early can prevent costly damage to your home’s foundation, walls, and property.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing the condition of your plumbing system gives you peace of mind and ensures a safe and healthy environment for your family.

Contact Bacon for a Hydrostatic Test Today

If you’re experiencing any of the signs mentioned above or have concerns about the integrity of your plumbing system, contact us at Bacon for our leak detection services. Our experienced plumbers can perform hydrostatic testing to diagnose leaks, and they have the expertise to address leaks accordingly, as well as burst pipe repair. Protect your home and investment by scheduling a hydrostatic test today!

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