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Searching for Hidden Leaks in Your Plumbing


Hidden leaks are among the major plumbing and heating portland oregon issues in the house but are most often overlooked because usually they are out of sight, but this can be the most detrimental kinds of leaks in the house because they can cost you a lot of money since they are not seen and also cause health problems. Hidden leaks occur behind the walls of the house and on the sides of the pipes next to the wall so the leaks are not easily seen. Hidden leaks are also very common in joints and this is why wherever there is a joint it is important to use insulation materials to help seal the joint completely. Here are tips to help identify hidden leaks in your plumbing.

Check the walls – the easiest way of identifying a hidden leak is by looking at the walls. When there is a leak the walls will absorb the moisture and become wet changing in coloration. The leak will usually be where there change in color on the wall so it will not be easy to spot. There may also be mold growing on the walls if they become wet. When this continues for long the growth of the mold and mildew will cause adverse health problems to you and your family members and especially children. 


Using the water meter – you can use the water meter to check if you have any leaks in the house. This though can only be used if you have a substantial leakage happening. You check the water meter before you go to sleep and early in the morning or when you are leaving for work and when you get back home. Provided the water has not been used then the meter should not change readings. This method however does not tell you where the leak it exactly but it confirms that there is one.


Using a plumber – since a plumber is more professional there are better ways they are going to identify your leak.


• Using thermal imaging – in this process they are going to use cameras with thermal imaging capabilities to know where the water is leaking from. This method is also referred to as Thermography as the camera uses heat to identify where the leak is.


• Using Acoustic leak detection techniques – this is where they use acoustic instruments that have microphones which help to amplify the sound of moving water so that they can identify where a leak is. There are different instruments to identify different leaks, either big leaks outside or small leaks in the house


• Tracer Gas detection – this method is very advanced. The pipes are emptied and a tracer gas is introduced in the pipes. The gas is non toxic so it won’t harm you. The tracer gas is then searched for using other equipment and it will emerge where there is a leak.


Plumbing scams you should beware of


Plumbing is a business. Plumbing again requires knowledge and precision; there is no room for felony and estimating. Some business persons are more than eager to make huge bucks but will deliver quarter of the bucks. To this, they make scams that you will not realize unless you have prior knowledge. Thus, before you decide on hiring someone to fix that leaking plumbing pipe in Portland, you need to understand first how to save yourself from possible scammers. Here is a list of the scams;

‘Three dressed up as a nine’ scam


This scam as it sound is cored on overcharge of materials. It is where a plumber will give a paperwork listing the items that are needed for the services. What he/she does after providing with the paper work is go for low cost materials, say like three times cheaper than what was quoted on the paper work. This means that all the profit is what he pockets. To cancel out this, it is wise that you as the client takes the list of materials required and purchase them on your own. Run into a hardware and order what is provided by the plumber. That way you are sure that you money was used well. Alternatively, inspect the materials before the plumber installs them and ensure they are of the make he/she recommended for. For instance, if he/she listed PEX tubing, ensure that is what is about to be used.


The ‘busy beaver’ scam


This kind of scam will be easy to notice and requires quick action before all is lost on your side as a client. It is a situation where your plumber gets to work as soon as the contract is signed. Days after, you get to see new faces accompanying him/her. In most cases, when provoked they say that there is a service they cannot work on by themselves. The new faces are certainly his friends or family and are just helping them make easy many. Consult with a local licensing to know what a certified plumber like the one you have hired can and cannot do. You will be surprised that there is nothing they cannot do yet are claiming thy needed a second or even third help while this you were not told before signing the contract. 


The ‘golden spoon’ scam


This scam happens as a judgment of the plumber when they as navigating your premise. They see that you are living in a rather luxurious house and hence judge that you are fully loaded in your pockets. Well, even if that was the case, you are not looking to overspending for nothing.


The ‘excessive estimator’ scam


This is in that plumber who tells ‘no problem’ in all that you say. Later, he/she never gives paperwork until he is done working. The quotation they present comes as a shocker to you. An overcharge!


Common Plumbing Disasters waiting to happen


Plumbing problems are one of the most common tragedies that you can have in the house. This is because they can cause flooding all over the house and the yard, without rain. It is imperative that you take care of your plumbing system and plumbing devices or machines so that you avoid plumbing disasters and destruction of your home. In that case, you might need the help of companies like emergencyplumbingcontractors.com to deal with your portland plumber issues. Here are some common plumbing disasters that you can easily avoid.


Sump pump – this is that small pump in the basement that helps to remove water from the basement whenever there is water flowing in there. The sump pump, just like any other machine can fail without your knowledge. Have a battery back-up sump pump for that day when the pump just decides to fail. The sump pump can fail because of the circuit that supplies it not having power even when there is power in the house. There could also be other problems like the discharge pipe not working properly or the pump could just be old. The sump pump lasts about seven years so after that it could start developing problems. You can make sure your pump is in order by having it regularly checked out and inspecting it often.


Water heater – the water heaters are made to refill automatically when empty until they have enough water and the valve closes. This means therefore that if the system fails then the tank will allow water to be flowing in and out of it continuously. This can be tragic and especially if the water heater is inside the house as most are. This can lead to flooding in the house or literally raining from the roof of your house. This can cause damage to all the other rooms in the house. Make sure that the water heater is replaced when it gets old and also it is inspected regularly to ensure it is in proper working conditions. Check to see that there is no corrosion around the heater. 


Gas leaks – gas is important in the house since it is the most efficient means to cook with. It is on the other hand really dangerous because one slight mistake can lead to your house turning into a ball of fire. The biggest problem with gas pipes and leaks are DIY enthusiasts. It is important to keep off the gas system to avoid loss of your home and even those of your neighbors or deaths. Gas problems should always be handled by a professional especially when it a problem to do with the piping to the house. Call a plumber to come and take a look at what the problem could be.


What incase a disaster happens?


Call for help from your neighbors and also call the professionals to come fix your problem. Also look at avoiding such problems in the future.