Red Rock Mechanical, LLC Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Plumber’

Why You Should Always Hire a Professional Plumber

Monday, August 7th, 2017

plumbing-toolsThis is something we can’t repeat enough: when it comes to your home’s plumbing system, whether you need a simple fix to stop a leak or a full new appliance installation, ­always hire a professional plumber from the start. We understand it’s tempting to try to tackle some jobs on your own—after all, you did get that great set of wrenches as a birthday present last year. Or you may want to save some money by going with a local “handyman” or some other non-professional who says something like, “Hey, I can fix that for you totally cheap!”

Don’t be fooled! Proper plumbing work requires the best in training, experience, and equipment. Amateur work will not only be time-consuming, it can lead to water leaks, backed-up drains, and damage to your house.

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Signs You May Have a Slab Leak

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Slab leak is a professional plumbing term used for leaks that occur in water lines under the foundation of a home. The name can also apply to any leak that starts under a hard rock surface, but with homes it almost always means leaks in the cold and hot water pipes down in the concrete under the house. About 80% of slab leaks happen in the hot water lines, and the rest in the cold water lines.

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Why Do I Need Professional Plumbers to Find Leaks?

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

No other task in a home attracts more “do-it-yourself” attention than plumbing repairs…and few other tasks are less suited to it. A couple wrenches on a tool belt won’t make you into a professional plumber, and you certainly won’t help your pipes unless the repair is very simple. You need to put away the home plumbing kit and call for professional plumbers—especially when you have trouble with leaking pipes.

When it comes to leaks, it isn’t only the repairs that require professional plumbers; locating the leaks in the first place needs special skill and equipment. Leak detection is a more difficult job than many homeowners imagine, and having professionals handle the work will save you time, money, and extensive damage to house, both from the leak and trying to repair it.

For a Burlington, VT plumber who can detect all the hidden leaks in your home’s plumbing and fix them so they don’t start up again, call Red Rock Mechanical. We have 24-hour emergency service for those surprise pipe bursts in the middle of the night.

The Importance of Professional Leak Detection

Although leaks can spring up in obvious places, like a pipe beneath a kitchen sink, most plumbing remains hidden behind construction material or in locations where you rarely spend time, like the basement. When leaks start, they will usually occur out of your sight. By the time a leak causes enough damage that you will notice it, the repairs for both the plumbing and the building material can be expensive.

Leaks are often small; one of the more common types is known as “pinhole leaks,” which are even smaller than the name indicates. But small leaks will cause as much damage as large ones if they go too long without detection. Standing water from small leaks will eat away at drywall, warp wood, and encourage the growth of mold and mildew that further deteriorate building material.

To locate leaks that are too hidden and minute for the untrained eye to spot requires plumbers experienced in leak detection and outfitted with special technology. Professional plumbers use listening devices and pressure sensors to spot areas behind walls, under wood floors, and beneath concrete slabs where water is escaping from pipes. This allows them to perform precision excavation to reach the damaged pipe and repair it without causing unnecessary harm to building material.

Because leaks tend to spread, plumbers will extend their search to locate other places where leaks may have started. Expect a thorough job from experienced plumbers that will eliminate leaking throughout your plumbing.

If you suspect you have leaks because of a high water bills, discolored marks on walls, warped floorboards, or mold growth, call Red Rock Mechanical for a Burlington, VT plumber who will quickly find and fix the problem.

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