Water Leak Repair
Majestic Plumbing & Electric is your local water leak repair team! Every day we see the unfortunate fact that your home is 80% more likely to be damaged by water than fire. In fact, the leading cause of water damage is leaky pipes, appliances, roofs, overflowing toilets, baths, sinks, and sewage pump malfunctions.
If coming home to find water everywhere is not horrible enough, it pales in comparison to the damage a long-term water leak can cause if left undetected. For instance, if your hot water tank springs a leak, the leak can continuously run damaging the interior space where the tank is located. Most people do not find out about leaks until they have been present for a period of time and damage has been done.
Additionally, even if you don’t have interior damage, leaks from pipes, plumbing fixtures and fittings are a significant source of water waste for many households. Research has shown that the typical home can lose 2,000 to 20,000 gallons of water per year due to leaks. Some leaks are obvious, such as dripping faucets and leaking water heaters. Unfortunately, many leaks go undetected for years because the source of the leak is not visible.
We at Majestic Plumbing & Electric specialize in water leak repair and can outfit your home or business with active water leak detection technology. A water alarm can alert you to leaks under sinks, tubs, toilets, dishwashers, clothes washers, hot water tanks, sump pumps, and other areas you may worry about water leaks. From standard alarms to high-tech alarms, there are a multitude of options available to you.
We also offer regular maintenance and inspection plans to proactively prevent water leak repairs to a minimum. Here are a few of the common areas we find water leak repair necessary:
Water Supply Line Leaks
Occasionally the water supply line leaks between the water main at the street and the home. These leaks can be difficult to detect as the supply pipe can be buried more than 3 feet below the ground level. Compounding difficulty, leaking water can tunnel a channel along the pipe and exit in an odd or unexpected location. One indication of a water supply leak is if the meter box contains water that is not the result of rain or irrigation run-off. Another common exit point for the tunneling water might be where the supply line rises above the ground and/or enters the house.
Most often, any water leak repair between the meter and the house are the responsibility of the homeowner. Any water leak repairs from the meter or pipes leading from the main to the meter are typically the responsibility of the water utility company.
Faucet, Shower, and Tub Water Leaks
We at Majestic Plumbing & Electric help our customers resolve the most common water leak—faulty or worn out faucets. Surprisingly, a faucet dripping slowly can waste more than 1,000 gallons per year. The repairs necessary to stop the leak depends on the type of faucet as each style of faucet tends to have a unique method of repair.
Toilets can be one of the most common—and sneaky—sources of water leaks. They can go unnoticed because the water leaks are often silent and drain internally into your septic or sewer system. Several research studies have found 20% to 35% of all residential toilets leak. Large toilet leaks can often be detected if the valve constantly emits a hissing or gurgling sound when the toilet is not in use.
Whole House Humidifier Leaks
It’s easy to forget that while a lot of moisture in a home is really bad, so is too little. Maintaining the humidity around 35-50% will keep your skin from drying out and keep your home feeling cozy. Dryness can also damage drywall, it can cause your wood floors to shrink, and even cause your piano to go out of tune. Static electricity is also increased as the humidity levels decreased.
In order to regulate the indoor humidity, many homes have whole house humidifiers to prevent all the moisture from being completely drawn out of your house by the furnace or air conditioning—especially in the winter. This humidifier is usually attached to the furnace ducting and directly plumbed to the water supply pipes to provide constant water supply to the appliance's water reservoir. The humidifier often includes an overflow drain to the sewer in case the refill valve fails to close.
When the refill valve does fail, water leaks directly into the sewer—allowing the leak to remain undetected for months or years before anyone realizes the water loss. It is important to check the operation of this equipment regularly during the heating season, and turn off the water supply to the equipment during seasons of non-use.
Pool and Fountain Leaks
We at Majestic Plumbing & Electric have seen substantial damage and huge water bills result from minor swimming pool water leaks. It is estimated that one pool in every 20 has a leak. A pinhole-sized leak in a pool plumbing system with 40-pound pressure can lose close to 970 gallons of water in just a 24-hour period. This comes to about 360,000 gallons per year! Some signs that your pool might be leaking:
- A loss of one-eighth inch or more of water in a 24 hour period
- Algae formation too soon after chemical treatment
- Loose or falling tiles
- Pool deck cracks
- Gaps and cracks in the pool shell
- A settling of the whole pool or spa structure into the ground
- Constantly damp soil surrounding the pool and/or under the house.