Helpful advice

When doing leak detections, I often get asked the best course of action for a leak. There are usually only two options, repipe or spot repair. Depending on the situation, I recommend one or the other. But what are they really, and what should you expect?

As a leak detection specialist, I do not repair leaks. Just like you wouldn't want your plumber repairing drywall, you wouldn’t want your leak detector fixing your leaks. Even though I don’t do the repairs, I can recommend the best course of action. So here is how I typically make a recommendation.

There are so many tools in a leak detectors box that can be used to locate a leak, but one tool that is often overlooked is water column pressure.

Columbus Georgia and Phenix City Alabama sit on the fall line, a geographic feature that separates the coastal plain from The Piedmont. Essentially everything south of the fall line is relatively flat, with sand and clay being the primary soil. Everything north is limestone, granite, and other rocks.

Water service north of the fall line can easily be five hundred foot runs with multiple terrain changes. The ground can be porous limestone and consistently act as a natural French drain. In other words, no ground sign of a leak.

First and foremost, when someone has a drain clog, it can be very frustrating. The most common clog is the simple toilet back up. This happens when your toddler decides that five rolls of toilet paper should go down the drain, and then proceeds to flush until you have a mess on the floor. Other clogs usually accumulate from hair mixed with soap, grease, or any other foreign matter sent down a drain. Water backs up at these points, and then your tub fills up with unspeakable horrors.

Naturally, most homeowners want the cesspool of hate in their tub to leave as quickly as possible, so instead of spending the hundreds of dollars on a plumber, they will run out to Walmart and buy a bottle of caustic cleaner, like Drano, Liquid Plumr, or another brand.

Your water bill is a little high this month? Not sure if the kids are taking long showers, or maybe you watered the lawn more than usual. There is only one way to know for sure if you have a leak. You have to clock your meter.

Clocking your water meter is a relatively simple process that just takes a bit of patience.

High water bills can be caused by a multitude of things, not just a hole in your pipe. The very first place a homeowner should look, after receiving a high water bill, is the bathroom(s). While a leaking toilet may not seem to discharge that much water, it does not take too long for the money to accumulate- maybe a gallon every five minutes, which would end up being 288 gallons of water in a day!

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