Time is of The Essence
WHEN YOU ARE DEALING WITH A PIPE AND SLAB LEAK CAUSED BY WATER OR GAS, TAKING TIMELY ACTION IS CRUCIAL…
Our company has over six decades of leak detection experience, and we can detect any leak with our state-of-the-art leak detection equipment.
Ray May Plumbing can perform leak detection services under slabs, within gas lines, find underground water leaks, and do line tracing.
We offer state-of-the-art leak detection services to pinpoint the exact location of your leak, preventing the need to tear up your whole slab or dig into unnecessary areas.
The precise location of your leak is the most important objective when performing leak detection services under slabs, and underground. It saves time and money.
If you suspect a slab leak, call Ray May Plumbing immediately.
Pipe and Slab Leak Detection
We have all of the equipment for leak detection using electronic and radio methods.
- We can send a radio transmitter line down the pipe and detect the leak with a radio frequency from the surface.
- We have electronic equipment we can hook onto a line that sends a signal through the line to detect the exact location of the leak.
The great thing about our electronic and radio leak detection services is our ability to detect a leak on pipes from less than ½” up to 12” diameter pipes and up to 1200 feet from the inlet.
After a water leak, we carefully monitor and document the drying process. This process ensures that your property has dried and all the water damage and leaking are properly fixed.
How Do I Know If I Have a Slab Leak or a Gas Leak
You may have a slab leak or a gas leak if you notice the following in your house, commercial or residential building:
- a wet or soggy floor in your home;
- an excessively high water bill; or,
- a high gas bill.
If you hear water running constantly or smell an odor of gas (typically, gas smells like pungent garlic), you may want to contact us and have us diagnose your plumbing system.
What Causes Slab Leaks?
Many situations can create a slab leak. The most common causes of a slab leak are:
- Somebody may have piping that was initially installed poorly.
- The earth’s and concrete’s expansion is due to increases and decreases in temperature.
- Extremely contaminated or warm soil may lead to a burst pipe underground or a pinhole.
- The PH in the water in Southern California may be affecting your pipes.
Another cause of a slab leak, especially for those living in the vicinity of Mt. Baldy, may be the heated water coming from the water heater to the faucet.
Because a pipe can expand when heated and contract when it cools, the hot water traveling through it causes it to expand, and as the pipe cools down, it will contract.
During expansion and contraction, the pipe can acquire a pinhole leak. These changes tend to warp floors, create damp carpets, create mildew and mold, and increase water and gas bills.
How to Recognize a Slab or Gas Leak
The best way to determine if you have a gas or water leak is to:
IF YOU SUSPECT A LEAK, SHUT OFF ALL VALVES INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE BUILDING EXCEPT THE MAIN VALVE (THE MAIN VALVE IS USUALLY LOCATED NEAR THE EDGE OF YOUR PROPERTY CLOSEST TO THE STREET).
After shutting off the proper valves (either water or gas, depending on what you are checking for), look at the meter that corresponds to the main valve and check if the meter on the valve is still moving. If the meter is still moving, it is highly likely; you have a slab leak, an underground leak, or a gas leak somewhere in the system.
IF THE METER FOR THE MAIN VALVE IS STILL MOVING AFTER SHUTTING OFF ALL OTHER VALVES YOU HAVE A LEAK.
For leak detection service or repair or any plumbing issue, contact Ray May Plumbing. We will be happy to send a leak detection technician to the source of your plumbing problem and diagnose your situation.