A slab leak can cause distress to homeowners in Sedona, and the first thing that you would realize is that you need leak detection. Unfortunately, that is the easy part, the hard part is to find a company that performs leak detection and that is not too costly. Because most homeowners are not familiar with the term leak detection in Sedona, they do not know what it can do for you, what is involved in performing leak detection and if it can solve the problem you are experiencing with the leak in your property. We will explain how leak detection is performed, what methods are used and if it will cause any damage to your property.
How is leak detection performed?
Leak detection is used to find a leak which is located under a surface (such as the slab of the property) when the leak cannot be found by the naked eye. Some indications of a slab leak include an increase in your water bill, the sound of water running in your wall, your water meter spinning with no water running in the house, hot spots on your floor or wet spots outside next to the foundation of the property. Depending on the indication of a slab leak, a different method of leak detection will be used.
Different methods of leak detection
The first method of leak detection which is commonly used is acoustic leak detection. Depending on the material used when the water line was installed, the line will give off a certain sound when it is leak. Different reasons exist as to why the water line is making a certain noise, such as; the material used for installation, the size of the water line, the pressure of the water line or the surface covering the water line. A line transmitter is used on the water line making the most noise to trace it to its manifold located in the wall. The line is then cut, tested to ensure that it is the correct line leaking and is repaired after diagnosed.
Another popular method of leak detection is thermal imaging. This is used when a leak is located in a hot water line. The thermal images will indicate hot spots located underneath the slab and is again traced back to the manifold located in the wall. This method is normally only used on hot water lines.
Advantages of proper leak detection
Proper leak detection is the first step in getting it repaired professionally. Professionals that locate slab leaks will normally recommend a proper repair method. We would normally recommend in using a leak locater that also specializes in slab leak repairs as they would be dealing with these type of repairs on a daily basis which follows the least invasive method of getting it repaired. A slab leak repair company also depends on the leak located correctly, or it can lead to incorrect demolition on the property and unnecessary repairs that need to be performed.
Slab leaks in Sedona can cause severe damage to properties if not attended to correctly and in a timely manner. Leaving slab leaks for too long can cause issues with the foundation of the property, increase your utilities bill and can lead to more expensive repairs if left for too long. We recommend that if you suspect that you have a slab leak to consult a professional as soon as possible.