Professional Repair of Slab Leaks

No matter whether you are dealing with leak repairs, both in and out of slabs, it pays to make sure that professionals are on the job.

Confirming the Source of Leaks

Any professional plumbing contractor understands that the basic step in repairing leaks is to confirm its source.  The good news is that professional plumbers are properly trained and equipped to pinpoint accurately the source of leaks.

Leak detection can also be carried out by homeowners, but without the proper training and equipment, this would mostly be a hit and miss detection procedure.

The best way to make sure that the source of leaks is properly confirmed is to have professionals come in and check the home plumbing system.

Usually when it comes to slab leaks, homeowners should check with their insurance providers.  It is not uncommon for many homeowners to be surprised that they are actually covered against flooding and similar damages that can be the result of slab leak repairs.

Repair Procedure for Leaks

Once the source of leaks has been determined, professional plumbers are now in a better position to make the necessary and proper repairs.  Water supply to the entire area or the home will be turned off until repairs are completed.

For slab leaks, the flooring material would be removed from the area where the source of the leak has been detected.  Only the necessary materials will be removed to make sure that cost of repair and replacements are kept at a minimum.

Holes will be drilled on the 4-inch concrete slab to create an initial opening to reach the affected portion of the plumbing system.  Once the source has been confined to a specific area, the access hole will be made bigger to make the necessary repairs.

A cutting tool will be used to remove the damaged portion of the pipe.  When replacing sections of home plumbing pipes, it is important that the same time of material is used.  Usually, it can be either PVC or copper piping.

Copper pipes should be welded, which means the access area must be left exposed for a few days to verify that the leak has been fixed correctly.

Covering the Access Hole

After the repair work has been done and the replacement pipe has been tested, the access hole must be covered up completely to finalize the repair.

Concrete will be mixed, poured, and evened out to match the existing surrounding slabs.  The area must be cured for a number of days before it is completely covered up to ensure that the cement mixture has hardened completely.

We can handle leak repairs, both in and out of slabs to ensure that your problem is solved properly. Call Los Angeles Plumbing today!

Restoring Water Pressure in Homes

Restoration of water pressure in homes can be done with a few simple and practical steps.

Addressing Water Leaks

It should be understood that one of the major causes of low water pressure is if there is a leak in your plumbing system.  Keep in mind that plumbing systems are designed to keep water in using a series of interconnected pipes.  When pipes spring a leak or crack, the integrity of the water pressure significantly decreases.

Regularly checking your pipes will give you an indication of possible leaks.  This will allow you to initiate the necessary repairs.  Replacing cracked or damaged pipes is one of the most effective ways to restore water pressure.

The water meter is an excellent way to judge whether there is a leak in your plumbing system or not.  Simply take note of the reading when no water fixture is being used.  Do this every two hours to see if there are changes in the reading; this will let you know if there is a leak in your plumbing system.

Eliminating Mineral Deposits

One of the most common reasons why mineral deposits start to buildup is the use of hard water.  When this condition happens, you can expect the buildup to create obstruction in your faucets, showerheads, and other plumbing fixtures.  This will lead to poor water pressure distribution.

Mineral deposit buildup can also significantly reduce the inner diameter of your plumbing pipes.  The reduced path of water will hamper its smooth flow resulting in poor water pressure that can be experienced throughout your household.

Cleaning your faucets and showerheads is a good way to remove mineral buildup on plumbing fixtures.  However, if the buildup is within the pipes, you will need professional help to restore the water pressure in your home to respectable levels.

We can help you verify if mineral deposits is the cause of your water pressure problems.  We can recommend effective solutions that you can choose from.

When All Else Fails

The fastest and easiest way to restore water pressure in your home is to call for professional help.  We have properly trained and licensed professional plumbers that can do the job in an instant.  We can carry out tests that will give you the right solution to your water pressure woes.

The reality is that there are some problems that only we can deal with.  Corrosion of pipes, major cracks and leaks, or major blockage in your water supply line are some examples of issues that contribute to poor water pressure that only trained professionals can handle properly.  If you need restoration of water pressure immediately, we can do the job for you. Call Los Angeles Plumbing today!

Bringing Your Home Up to Code

Licensed professional plumbers are your best choice to implement updates to plumbing systems so they are up to code.

Significant Changes to Plumbing Codes

According to the Plumbing Engineer, some of the most notable changes in plumbing code involve updates in energy and water conservation.  Although there are previous provisions already, the updates are meant to present amendments to cover technological advancements in the industry.

Significant changes that professional plumbers have been updated with on prevailing plumbing codes includes the:

  • Minimum number of plumbing fixtures per occupancy
  • Water consumption
  • Revised application
  • Backflow and material requirements for fixtures
  • Requirements for alternative water sources
  • Sustainable practices on water heating and consumption
  • Revised fuel gas purging
  • Revised vacuum drainage system requirements
  • Updated joint and connection requirements
  • Standards for water supply and drainage piping

Plumbing System Components

In ensuring that your plumbing system remains up to code, you must take note of its various elements.  Based on the Healthy Housing Reference Manual of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the main purpose of the plumbing system should be to deliver adequate potable hot and cold water supply to residents of a household.  The plumbing system should also be able to drain all sewage discharge and wastewater generated by plumbing fixtures into a public or private sewer disposal system.

This definition gives you a general idea of the components of the plumbing system that will come under close scrutiny from housing inspectors.  Any inadequacies in the plumbing system will be a violation of the code and can give you corresponding fines and penalties.  This emphasizes the value of professional plumbing contractors who are updated with such codes and can make sure that all installations, repairs, and maintenance work will pass any type of inspection.

Efficiency of Water Service

Updates to plumbing systems should take into account the drive to increase its efficiency in every household.  It is highly recommended that piping of house service lines must be made as short as possible.  This means that elbows and bends should be used at a minimum because they can substantially reduce the effective water pressure in your pipes and plumbing fixtures.

Los Angeles Plumbing is also updated on the fact that the house service line must be protected from freezing by burying it under at least four feet of soil.  The depth of course may vary depending on your actual location.  Local or State plumbing codes have a more accurate recommendation.

To ensure that your plumbing system is up to date with existing codes, it is necessary to ensure that the size of the service line should be at least ¾ inch.

The minimum water pressure in an average household should not be less than 40 pounds per square inch (psi).

Materials for house service should be approved copper, plastic, steel, cast iron, or wrought iron.  Cement or concrete joints should not be used and glue joints between various types of plastic must be avoided.  Female threaded PVC fitting must not be used as well.


- William
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