How plumbers in North York find leaks and make drain repairs?

Detecting leaks in a plumbing system isn’t always an easy job. Even if they are found, making repairs is something beyond what most people can do. This is why you should know how to get a hold of reliable plumbers. North York homeowners, renters, and business owners will find reliable plumbing services with companies such as Waterman.

Signs of a Leak

The problem with leaks is that they are not always obvious. By the time you realize that there is one, your water bill could already be very high. If left untreated for too long, a water leak can cause significant damages, which will cost a lot of money to fix.

A few signs that you may need to call a plumber include:

  • Blistering paint or wallpaper
  • Mildew or mold in the bathroom and/or under the kitchen sink
  • Flooring that appears to be buckling, straining, or cracking for no clear reason
  • Stains on ceilings in multi-story buildings
  • Musty smells
  • Sudden unexplainable drop in water pressure

How Plumbers Detect Leaks

The old method of detecting a leak involved tearing out of landscaping and drywall, which could be very costly – not to mention disruptive to your home. Thankfully, modern plumbers use equipment such as cameras and microphones. Using a camera is safe and non-destructive. It allows plumbers to inspect every inch of the plumbing system on a screen. They can also listen for the sound of leaks with the high audio equipment. Pressurized lines can be located acoustically by listening through the foundation, wall, or slab with electronic equipment.

This equipment allows plumbers to eliminate guesswork, as it detects up even the most complex problems.

How Plumbers Make Repairs

Since drains require repairs for a variety of reasons, you might not be able to fix the problem(s) on your own. Professional plumbers know what method to use to fix specific types of problems, ranging from tree root growth to structural shifts.

Even a typical drain clog can be difficult to handle if you don’t know how to use a snake properly. If you’re not careful, you could cause more damage. This is why it’s important to consult with professional plumbers. They can even handle underground repairs without having to dig trenches. Hydraulic machines can be used to break up damaged pipes and replace them with a new pipe without the need for trenches.

Types of tools and equipment professional plumbers use for cleaning/repairing drains include:

  • Hand tools
  • Drum machines
  • Sink machines
  • Sectional machines
  • Water jetting machines
  • Rodder machines
  • Various cables

Drum machines are designed to clear obstructions by delivering high torque. Sink machines are portable and lightweight. They are ideal for applications involving bathroom drains, laundry room drains, kitchen sinks, etc. Sectional machines use a high-speed cutting action for drilling through obstructions. For lines that are clogged due to grease, oil, sludge, soap, etc…, plumbers may use a water jetting machine. Rodder machines are designed for industrial applications involving large diameter lines.

Understanding the various tools and equipment plumbers in North York use will give you some idea of what to expect the next time you require professional plumbing services.




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