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Hydrostatic Water Leak Detection

It doesn’t take very long for a leaking water pipe to cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to your home. When drain and sewer lines are compromised, the situation can be even more serious as these pipes are used to carry wastewater away from our kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry appliances. Not only can broken drain and sewer lines cause water damage, but the raw sewage in these lines produces methane gas and hydrogen sulfide vapors that can enter your home, creating a variety of health concerns. A cracked drain line in an upstairs bathroom that goes undetected for an extended period can cause extensive water damage to support beams, drywall, insulation, even the foundation of your home.

Leaking Sewer Lines are More Than a Plumbing Problem!

It may be easy to recognize the symptoms of a broken sewer line, especially as wastewater and raw sewage are allowed to escape the pipe, seeping into the soil beneath your lawn, instead of being deposited in the city sewer. Raw sewage is a natural fertilizer, and as a result, the usual first two signs of a broken sewer line are greener than normal grass in a particular area, and soggy ground. If you’ve noticed excessively lush and green areas around your yard, check those spots for standing water, or the smell of sewage, and if you find any, it’s time to give Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning a call, you could have a leaking sewer line.

Leaking drain and sewer lines can cause the soil that your home sits on to shift, which results in cracks in your foundation. Slab foundations develop cracks through which water can easily drain, and the sandy soil in south Texas is prone to shifting around during stretches of dry weather. Once the foundation of your home has shifted, it’s a short ride to cracks in drywall, ceilings, and hardwood floors. Anytime the structural integrity of your home is compromised, you can rest assure it’s going be expensive, and inconvenient to repair.

Instead of ripping out drywall and digging up half of your yard to visualize a drain or sewer line leak, Nick’s offers hydrostatic leak detection services. You say you’ve never heard of hydrostatic water leak detection? Well, then this blog is for you.

What is Hydrostatic Water Leak Detection? 

Hydrostatic water leak detection is a method used by plumbers to determine if a residential plumbing, sewer, or natural gas line has an active leak. While it sounds like extremely complicated plumbing techno-speak, the term hydrostatic means “still water,” or water that doesn’t move. Aside from the plumbing industry, hydrostatic leak tests are regularly performed on fire extinguishers, oil tanks, and water heater tanks to check their integrity.

Hydrostatic water leak testing is performed by either filling or pressurizing the pipe in question and monitoring the pressurization level for changes. If there is a lowering of pressure, there is a leak somewhere in the system. If you suspect a plumbing leak in your home, hydrostatic testing is a must to determine the presence of a leak under your slab.

What Happens During a Hydrostatic Test?

For the first phase of hydrostatic testing on a residential or commercial plumbing system, a toilet is removed on the first floor. An inflatable ball is pushed into the drainpipe to block the entire plumbing system for about half an hour. The water level at the removed toilet is monitored throughout the test, and if the water level drops, there are leaks in the system. If the water level remains consistent, there are no leaks.

When a leak is detected, the next step is referred to as isolation testing. This is a process where separate sections of the plumbing system are blocked off and tested individually in the same manner as with the whole house test, just on a smaller scale. Isolation testing allows the plumbing technicians to narrow down and locate the area of the leak.

Once the leaks are located, a full schematic of your plumbing system is drawn up, and a solution is engineered. Drain system leak repairs can be as simple as replacing a single section of pipe, to a complete redirecting of your drainage system.

If you are considering purchasing a home the having this test performed is a must. In many instances, the current owner of the house is unaware of any plumbing leaks, and this test will allow them to fix it before the sale. If you have recently leveled your home’s foundation, the hyperextension of your home’s pipes can cause leaks to appear in the fittings and couplings.

How Do You Find a Leak Underneath a Slab?

Once we determine that you have a likely under-slab leak, based on the appearance of the symptoms we listed, along with a visual diagnosis by one of our trained and licensed plumbing technicians, the next step is to determine precisely where the leak is.

At Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning we employ a couple of different methods for detecting slab leaks. We use specialized snake cameras that reveal a high-definition view of your drain and sewer lines from the inside. After the inspection, inflatable rubber bladders are used to block specific areas of your plumbing system to facilitate isolation testing of each section of your sewer and drain lines.

Supply line leaks under your slab are particularly problematic, as the water supply lines are under constant pressure and have water flowing through them all times. A supply line leak will make itself apparent much faster than a sewer line leak, as the pressurized water can wipe out the soil under your home at lightning speed.

Why Choose Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning for My Hydrostatic Test?

Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning has been performing both commercial and residential hydrostatic testing for two decades. We have a proven track record for the engineering and resolution of plumbing leaks that dates to 1979, and we back our work with a ten-year warranty, among the best in the industry.

Don’t let what is now a minor leak in your residential plumbing system turn into a significant expense. Detect it and fix it now, with a hydrostatic testing service call from Nick’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning.

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