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CALGARY Leak Detection/Water Damage

If you have a plumbing leak, we are just a phone call away. We’re here to help with all leak detection/water damage services. 

Water can do a lot of damage quickly! Our technicians are trained to find and repair leaks before they get out of hand. 

Leak detection, water damage, detecting plumbing leaks in Calgary, Edmonton, and Red Deer Alberta

Small leaks and major leaks can become costly quickly for the following reasons:

  • can raise utility bills 
  • cause property damage
  • can cause structural damage 
  • lead to mold and mildew growth
  • require major plumbing repairs
  • home insurance premiums can go up if a claim is made

Plumbing Leak Detection

Plumbing leak detection is not easy, but we are here to help! 

We recommend inspecting the plumbing to the best of your ability. Some leaks are more visible than others. 

Use our plumbing leak detection checklist as a guide. Scroll to the bottom of the article for a plumbing Leak detection checklist. If you are not able to identify where the leak is coming from please call us. 

After investigating all of the appliances and plumbing fixtures in your home, we can use a smoke test to find small leaks. Cameras can be used to look for leaks and water damage inside walls and ceilings. Sometimes using these cameras can help us identify mold and mildew caused by water leaks. 

Plumbing leak repair is necessary after the leak is found. Before a leak repair is started we will present various plumbing leak repair options. Ideally, we want to prevent leaks and provide you with a solution that will save you money in the long run.  

Water Leak Detection: My Water Bill Is High

A major leak in your plumbing could cause your water bill to be higher than usual. 

A small leak, like a dripping faucet, can waste a lot of water over a month.

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Unfortunately, often leaks are not as noticeable or detectable as a leaking faucet. Sometimes undetected leaks can waste a lot of water quickly. 

Toilets are the number one cause of leaks and should be the first thing you investigate. 

For example, a running toilet, that continues to fill and drain could be catastrophic! 

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Run a simple dye test to ensure that your toilets are not leaking. This can be done by adding a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. 

After waiting 10 minutes, (without flushing) check the toilet bowl to see if the color has leaked into the toilet bowl. The color in the toilet bowl indicates that you have a toilet bowl leak. 

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If the toilet is not the source of the leak, check;

  •  faucets
  •  shower 
  • bathtubs 
  • dishwasher,
  • humidifier 
  • washing machine 
  • and outdoor taps

Also check the following, if you have them in your home;

  • fridge water supply line (if you have an ice maker or water dispenser) 
  • air conditioner
  • water softener
  • and sprinkler system.

Check For Leak Detection with Your Water Meter

A water meter will allow you to identify a major water leak. This can be done easily by turning the water off on all the appliances and plumbing fixtures in your home. 

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If the needle is still moving or the gears are still turning after turning off the water, you have a water leak. 

Slow Water Leak Detection

Plumbing leak detection can be most difficult when you have a slow leak.

Slow leaks can be more dangerous than major leaks because they are often less detectable. Often homeowners notice the result of a slow leak before they can identify the cause. 

Stains on ceilings, warping baseboards, soft drywall, stains and warping in cupboards under the sink, are indications of slow water leaks.

A slow leak can keep an area damp enough that mildew and mold grow quickly. Often mold will grow undetected inside walls, behind baseboards, and underneath the flooring. 

Find the leak as soon as possible to reduce the amount of damage to your home. Water repairs can be costly. We can help!

If a leak is detected early enough it may prevent major repairs and costly restoration work. 

Catching a water leak sooner than later could prevent the need to make an insurance claim leading to high insurance premiums.

Is Water Damage Covered by Insurance?

Insurance may or may not cover the cost of the water damage, depending on the factors that caused the water damage.

Coverage can vary depending on the type of policy and the insurance provider. 

Water damage is typically covered by insurance if it is a sudden escape from the water. Most likely insurance would not cover the cost of water damage from an ongoing leak or condensation. The cost of repairing the cause of the water damage would not be covered.

Insurance will often also cover water damage caused by a malfunctioning appliance, for example, a dishwasher that floods. Though your insurance provider may cover the cost to repair the damage, it will not cover the cost to replace or fix the appliance. 

In Alberta, most often insurance providers will not cover the cost of leaking pipes or bursts due to freezing indoor plumbing. 

Often insurance providers will cover the cost of damage of a sewer-line backup, but not the maintenance of fixing the sewer line itself. 

Contact your provider to understand the limitations of your insurance. 

Water Leaks and Damage Cause by Weather

Severe weather can cause flooding inside our homes or water damage. Do all you can to prevent water leaks caused by weather. 

Basement Flooding

If your basement has flooded due to rainwater, or fast melting be sure to have a sump pump installed

In Calgary, Chinook winds bringing warm air cause winter meltdowns frequently. Also be sure that your eaves are in good working order, without holes. Be sure to lower eaves to direct water away from your basement and foundation. 

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are very serious. Because water expands when it is frozen, a frozen pipe can expand and crack, damaging your home quickly.

Be sure to keep your furnace running, even when you are away from home to ensure water can move through your pipes.

Calgary winters are notorious for freezing pipes, that are exposed to cold temperatures, especially in trailer homes or modular homes. Be sure your pipes are insulated in colder parts of your home. 

Plumbing Leak Detection Check List

Use this checklist to help you identify leaks in your plumbing. 

Often plumbing leaks are hard to detect, so please call us for help identifying a water leak. It is important to stop the leak as soon as possible to avoid further damage. 

Bathroom

  • Sink faucet
  • Sink drain
  • Sink  water shut-off valve 
  • Toilet shut-off valve
  • flapper/fill valve (consider using die test) 
  • Tub/shower
  • Showerhead
  • Tub faucet
  • tub/shower drain

Kitchen

  • Sink
  • Faucet
  • Sprayer hose
  • Sink shut-off valve
  • Dishwasher connection
  • Fridge water supply line

Laundry 

  • Water supply line
  • Water supply line shut-off valve
  • Water drain

Hot Water Tank

  • Shut off valve
  • Water line connection

Outdoor Water

  • Outdoor water shut-off valve
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