Leak Detection

Leak Detection & Repair Services

Residential Slab Leak Detection & Repair in Orange County

When you suspect that your home has a water leak, it’s essential that you act quickly in order to reduce the likelihood of severe property damage—and high water bills. Leak Busters Restoration provides first-rate leak detection in Orange County, along with water damage restoration, dry out services, and mold restoration. We will locate the source of your plumbing problem and fix it as quickly as possible.

Types of Water Leaks

Pinhole Leaks: Even the smallest leaks can be disastrous. Pinhole leaks are very small leaks in water pipes above the concrete foundation of your home. They happen as a result of copper corrosion over time and can lead to damaged drywall, mold, and a host of other issues.

Slab Leaks: Slab leaks are pinhole leaks that develop below the concrete foundation of your home. If you hear running water in your home, find cracks or mildew in your floor, or notice that your water bills are unusually high, a slab leak could be the culprit.

Signs of Leaks

Some leaks can remain undetected for days, weeks, or even years before your home develops signs of water damage, so it’s important to stay aware of signs you might have developed a leak.

  • Hearing gurgling or running water sounds in a wall, even when there are no faucets or appliances in use.
  • Developing a “hotspot” under a certain section of your floor, which is indicative of a hot water leak.
  • Finding that the flooring in a certain area of your home feels soft and spongy underfoot or has begun to warp out of shape.
  • Discovering cracks in your walls or floor.
  • Encountering mold or mildew growth, particularly on flooring, carpets, and baseboards above the leak.
  • Dealing with excessively high water bills out of proportion with the water usage in your Orange County home.

Next Steps

If you think you may have a leak in your home, one way to test is to turn off all of the water-using appliances and fixtures in your home and watch your water meter. Record the initial reading and then watch for at least 2 minutes to see if the micro dial moves. If the dial is turning, you have a leak or something is running. You can then attempt to narrow the field by shutting off your irrigation, pool fill valve and/or the ball valve above the water heater. If the micro dial stops after turning off the water heater feed, you likely have a hot water slab leak and can only turn it on when needed until you can call a professional. If the meter continues to turn, you likely have a cold leak, which can only be isolated by shutting off the entire system.

Either way, if you suspect a leak, you should contact an experienced leak detection plumber right away to conduct an inspection. Finding the leak and repairing it early will save you both time and money later on.

Common Causes of Household Leaks

Many leaks are very difficult to detect. In fact, most homeowners aren’t aware that they have a leak in their home until it has already inflicted costly damage on their property. Here are some of the most common sources of leaks in the home:

  • Underground hot and cold copper supply lines. Pinhole leaks in your water pipes can be hard to detect. The leaks are caused by chemical changes made to drinking water, which contributes to a radically higher rate of corrosion. Unfortunately, replacing your plumbing system with new copper pipes won’t be a long-term solution as the new piping can fail and develop leaks in five years. The best bet is to have your plumbing system pipes coated with an epoxy lining.
  • Toilets. If you hear your toilet’s valve making noise when you’re not using it, it’s a strong indicator that there is a leak somewhere in your toilet. However, many toilet leaks show no symptoms at all. It’s been estimated that up to 35 percent of all residential toilets have leaks.
  • Faucets and showerheads. Faucets can leak for any number of reasons, from corroded valve seals to worn out washers. Leaks can also happen because of broken pipes. If you notice—or hear—any of your taps dripping when they are not in use, it’s a sure sign that you need a plumber.
  • Washing machines. Washing machine leaks are extremely common, often as a result of worn out hoses, damaged seals, or using too much detergent. Loosely connected hoses and leaking water pumps can also be the source of the problem.
  • Water heaters. The older a water heater is, the more prone it is to leaking. Excessive water pressure, loose drain valves, and built-up corrosion and rusting inside your tank can also lead to a water heater leak.

Your Orange County Leak Detection Experts

The skilled leak detection experts at Leak Busters have provided plumbing and restoration services to thousands of Orange County homes. No matter what time of day or night it is, our certified plumbers are always available to handle your plumbing problems. If you’re dealing with a plumbing crisis or think you may have a pipe leak, call Leak Busters Restoration today at 949-493-2426!