Keeping your foundation safe is a tricky issue in East Texas. Constant droughts make the soil pull away from your slab foundation’s perimeter. It also makes the soil under your house shift. But parched trees can also hurt your foundation and the plumbing that extends from it. If you notice changes in your water pressure or signs of pipe leaks around your house, hire professionals who can check for these problems:
Tree roots typically grow around barriers instead of straight through the hardest surface. But they can displace pipes and concrete even if they grow around them. Roots can also directly penetrate your home’s plumbing if you have:
Even modern pipe systems can be damaged by foundational movement. Shifting soil and growing tree roots can make your foundation tilt, shift, and even crack. This movement puts new weight on your pipes. Sometimes it extends your plumbing past the breaking point and you will have a leak develop under your house.
Detecting the source of leaks is the only way to stop rising water bills and the growing damage in and around your foundation. Call East Texas Leak Locators to schedule a plumbing estimate.
Over time materials like food particles and residue, mineral build-up, grease, and hair are going to build up inside the pipes of your kitchen or bathroom. Minor blockages can be temporarily fixed with the use of a snake or a liquid drain cleaner, but once your sink is running prohibitively slowly, it’s time to break out the big guns. Grease, food residue, and mineral build-up will eventually create the kind of accumulated barrier to a good water flow that a snake or liquid drain cleaner can do nothing to solve. Consider hiring a professional for hydro jetting services to clean out your household pipes and clear up those blockages for good.
Hydro jetting will pressure clean your drains and pipes with high strength jets of hot water through a specialized nozzle. This jetting effect will push out the gunk, sludge, and debris holding up the easy flow of water in your pipes with the sharp and targeted strength of extremely high-pressure jets.
While do-it-yourself hydro jetting risks damaging older and more fragile pipes with high-pressure jets, a professional with the expertise to acclimate to your household needs will hydro jet your pipes and drains properly and actually restore some strength to your pipes by smoothing down built-up bumps and abrasions within the pipe wall. Hydro jetting also has the benefit of being more environmentally friendly than using harmful chemicals like brand name store-bought drain cleaners.
East Texas Leak Locators have the expertise and know-how to clean out and unblock your pipes with the care and attention your household deserves.
Don’t stand around waiting for the water to seep its way down a blocked up drain. Call the professionals and contact us today for more information on our professional small drain hydro jetting services.
More and more homeowners rely on natural gas. While natural gas provides many benefits, it’s expected that gas leaks will happen. Gas leaks not only lead to higher bills, they can be dangerous. Prolonged exposure to a gas leak can cause numerous health problems, including headaches, nausea, trouble breathing, or dizziness. Knowing the signs of a gas leak is a critical factor in keeping your home safe.
The following signs indicate that your gas line needs repair or replacement.
You can smell gas. One of the most obvious signs of trouble with your gas line is the smell of rotten eggs. If you notice this odor, it’s likely that you have a gas leak. Have your gas line inspected right away.
Plants around the gas line are wilting or dying. Keep an eye on the flowers and plants around your gas line. If they begin to wilt or look “rusty,” it can indicate a leak in your gas line.
You can see condensation on your windows. If your gas line is located near a window, check for excess condensation. It can indicate the gas line is leaking, especially if there is no condensation on the other windows in your home.
You can hear unusual sounds. Another sign of a gas leak is a hissing sound coming from the gas line. You might also hear unusual noises, such as clanging sounds, coming from gas-powered appliances.
If you suspect that you have a gas leak, take action immediately.
East Texas Leak Locators has provided leak detection and repair to residents in East Texas for 30 years. If you need gas line repair, don’t wait. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Water damage to the interior of a home due to a pipe that has burst or from a leaky faucet can make for a very costly insurance claim. The best way to lower the amount of damage and cost to repair or replace property is to fix the problem immediately.
The insurance claim process for homeowners can be time consuming and lengthy depending on the amount of water damage incurred at a personal residence. It typically takes much longer for a house to get back in order if a plumbing mishap goes unnoticed or a homeowner waits too long to call in professional help. The moment a homeowner notices a leak or plumbing pipe damage, he or she should contact the professionals at East Texas Leak Locators. Their licensed plumbing technicians are available to provide 24-hour response coverage during times of emergency. They can stop leaks faster and keep interior damage to a minimum. This is something both a homeowner and an insurance carrier will appreciate.
After calling East Texas Leak Locators to remedy a plumbing problem, the homeowner should then immediately contact his or her insurance agent to file an insurance claim. Information that should be shared with the insurance agency includes: a description of the plumbing problem, all of the observed damage, and the homeowner’s immediate response to stop the leak by calling East Texas Leak Locators.
Working with Insurance Carriers
East Texas Leak Locators has experience working with insurance adjusters and claim representatives. They are able to provide invoice documentation and answer any technical questions regarding the plumbing issues at hand on behalf of the homeowner.
It is also a good idea for policyholders to take photos of the plumbing leak and subsequent damage. These types of photographs should be shown to the insurance claims representative as proof of urgency to remedy the situation and minimize interior damage. Copies of these types of photos should be given to the insurance company, with a homeowner always keeping the originals in order to avoid potential misunderstandings in the future.
East Texas Leak Locators is available to help in the event of an emergency and also with any other plumbing need.
A common plumbing problem is damage that is caused by a frozen pipe. Frozen pipes usually lead to extreme flooding. During the winter, water in the pipe can freeze. When water freezes, it expands. This may lead to a hole or even a long crack along the length of the pipe. During the remainder of the winter, the ice and frost may prevent any damaging from occurring. The real problem occurs later on. When the water temperature subsequently warms up during the spring, water pressure now caused by water flowing through the pipe can cause the hole to expand and the pipe to burst. This can lead to a massive flood.
To avoid pipes getting frozen, make sure your pipes are insulated so that they are protected from the cold. Keeping your sink or shower open to let a trickle through will keep pressure flowing in the pipes and prevent them from freezing.
Frozen pipe repair should not be pushed off. However, most pipes are covered by the walls or are located underground, and it can be difficult to know if a pipe is frozen.
However, if you see that your water flow is slowing down — for example, the toilet tanks take longer than usual to refill after being emptied out, then the pipes may very well be frozen. In such a case, you should shut off the water supply before you attempt to thaw the pipe. This is so as to prevent any further damage.
If the pipe is still frozen, it will need to be thawed first. A professional will be able to do this for you. If your frozen pipe has already burst, then you need to cut off the water supply and call a professional so that you can have the pipe replaced.
Feel free to contact us for professional help.
We’ve all been there. A drain causes issues for us, and we try to take care of it ourselves. Mostly, it can be an easy fix, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, this issue goes much deeper than just a simple clog. The best way to handle drain issues that persist is to have a drain video inspecting service done by a professional. Here are three advantages to using this service:
If you find yourself faced with troubles in your pipes, don’t be afraid to use the drain video inspecting service. It’s always best to know precisely, what you’re up against before trying to tackle a plumbing dilemma. There are tons of pipes running throughout your home, a blockage or break can occur anywhere amongst them. A camera can pinpoint the area of concern, from the inside of the pipe, and a solution can come quickly. Contact us today, and we’ll handle all of this for you.
If you live anywhere with running water and a proper drainage system then you have likely been a victim of a clogged drain. It sound simple – something is stopping water from going into or coming out of pipes – but it is an inconvenience and it is also avoidable. Here are the most common causes for clogged drains and how you can stop them before they happen.
Hair and other stringy stuff
Most people think that because hair is so small and light that a nice rush of water will send it down the pipes. More often than not a few single strands of hair (or dental floss) will get stuck one way or another and stay behind. Over time these few strands get stuck together and form a nice, hairy mass which can resemble a small rodent.
Prevention Tip: Install some sort of drain or sink guard in bathroom sinks and tubs. They only cost a few bucks and are very simple to clean.
Fats, grease, and oils
This is a pretty common mistake as most folks will see something like bacon grease as a liquid and will pour it down the drain. Greases and fats will congeal back together and, over time, form a blockage in the drain.
Prevention Tip: Let it cool off and throw it in the trash. If you mistakenly pour some down the drain or disposal then follow it up with hot water to keep it from congealing.
Flushing hygiene and health items
Below is a list of hygiene and health items that you should avoid flushing down the toilet:
Prevention Tip: You should never flush any of these items. Your first line of defense should be a plunger. Drain cleaner can help with paper products. If possible, try an organic drain cleaner before chemical-based cleaners.
Natural gas is explosive at only five to fifteen percent concentration. This typically poses a problem in confined spaces. In the US only about 17 people per year lose their lives to gas explosions. Well, why is it so dangerous? The truth is this: natural gas does not have to explode for it to hurt you.
Simply being around a gas leak can harm you.
Natural gas is considered a ‘simple asphyxiant‘ which means it displaces oxygen in the air. When your brain does not get oxygen it is known as hypoxia and, at best, can include symptoms such as:
At worst, you can suffocate without even knowing what is happening. Many who die from gas leaks will do so in their sleep and never know it. A user on the social media site Reddit thought a stalker was leaving notes in his apartment. It turns out he was disoriented due to a gas leak. Yeah, it is pretty scary to think about.
I get it, gas leaks are bad. But what can I do?
According to the American Gas Association more than 170 million Americans rely on natural gas. Leaks are inevitable. If you suspect you have a gas leak in your home:
Take action before a leak happens!
There are numerous causes of gas leaks – poorly fitted pipes, faulty appliances, bad maintenance – and the average homeowner does not have the wherewithal or knowledge to do preventative maintenance end-to-end.
East Texas Leak Locators provides new construction plumbing services in the East Texas area for custom home builders and production home builders. Our residential and commercial new construction plumbers are known for doing the job right. Check out one of our recent new construction plumbing jobs in Tyler.
Our expert new construction plumbers can provide a quote you can count on from start to finish. Contact us today to schedule an estimate!
Have you noticed an unexplained hike in your recent water bill? Or perhaps you’ve noticed wet spots beginning to appear on your lawn? Although these are two common signs of a leak in your home or commercial building’s main water supply line, there are other lesser-known signs that it may be time for a water supply replacement.
1. Water Discoloration
Does your water seem to have a different tint to it? Oftentimes, water with a rust-brown tint indicates that there may be a problem with your main water supply line. This could be due to a number of issues, including corrosion of pipes or soil entering through cracks.
2. High Water Bill
Does your recent water bill appear to be higher than usual or expected? Although this is not a flawless method, it can be one of the first signs that there is a leak in the main water supply and it may need replacement.
3. Low Water Pressure
Have you noticed a drop in water pressure throughout your home or business? This could potentially indicate that your main water supply has a leak and is losing water.
4. Wet Spots or Standing Water in Yard
Are wet spots or puddles of water appearing seemingly out of the blue in your yard? If that’s the case, there may be a serious leak in your main water supply and with nowhere to go, the water is seeping to the surface.
5. Old Main Water Supply Line
Are you worried because, although you may not be noticing these signs, you know your main water supply system is old? Having your water main inspected and serviced on a yearly basis can help you avoid issues before they begin.
Water is essential in our daily life, and a disruption in water flow can make even the simplest daily task impossible. To learn more about our water replacement services or for emergency water leak repairs, contact us online.