Are leak detection inspections important for your next home?

At Reliable Leak Detection, I get called out to a good number of homes that have been recently purchased, either via a “flip” or existing home that has either leaking water services, slab leaks or partially collapsed drains. It has been my personal experience that home inspectors usually don’t inspect water mains, assuming that if

Fire Hydrants, Don’t Park There!

I’ve been performing leak detection on a job in Martin, Kentucky where there was a 10,000 gallon/day water leak on a 6″ PVC combined domestic/ fire line, 1,600 feet long. (I’ll talk about how the leak detection went in a different post). We were adding pressure to the system through fire hydrants, which reminded me

Water Leak Not Customer’s Responsibility

This was a project in Delhi where the plumber and the homeowner heard a very distinct water leak sound in the Laundry Room/Mechanical Room. The home was a slab type with partial basement. The water line came up through the slab adjacent to the water heater and furnace, where the water meter was located. The

Leak Detection Service in Cold Springs, Kentucky

Leak Detection Service in Cold Springs, Kentucky

Reliable Leak Detection was called to perform at leak detection service at a major office supply company in Cold Springs, Kentucky. The combination fire/ domestic water main ran from the front of the building to the rear and into the dock area. It appeared the pipe broke at an elbow or tee as it transitioned

Leak location in Alexandria, Kentucky

Leak location in Alexandria, Kentucky

I was called out to a leak location job in Alexandria, KY. The home owner had a leak previously a few years earlier and thought it might be a repair that had gone bad. While this does happen, for this specific job, it was a case of a new leak a few feet away from

Fire Protection Leak detection at Sharonville Hotel

Fire Protection Leak detection at Sharonville Hotel

We were called out to perform a leak detection service on a fire protection line at rear of hotel near parking/landscaped island. The line was 4″PVC plastic feeding a fire hydrant which was within ten feet of the leak. I started at the hydrant and worked back towards the leak. The pressure at the hotel

Water main leak detection in North Vernon, Indiana

Water main leak detection in North Vernon, Indiana

Water main leak detection in North Vernon, Indiana involved a 1/2 mile long, 8″water service running from the main line at Route 50 down a winding country rode to a chicken production farm which uses over 3 million gallons/month! The water main, which was C-900, which is a thick wall PVC, was only 2 -3

Gas line leak detection in Lincoln Heights, Ohio

Gas line leak detection in Lincoln Heights, Ohio

This was a gas leak job where the client, a large apartment complex in Lincoln Heights, had shut down 5 units for months due to gas leaking into them. The building was built in the 1970s and the gas was all iron fittings. Each apartment had a gas stove, water heater and furnace. All were

Pipe leak detection in Union, Kentucky

Pipe leak detection in Union, Kentucky

I was called out to perform a pipe leak detection at a home in Union, Kentucky to find a water leak that had started the prior week. The owner mentioned that the plumber, Jolly Plumbing of Wilder, Kentucky, had dropped by to preview the situation and had found a wet spot near a rose bush.

Water leak in Springdale, Ohio

Water leak in Springdale, Ohio

This project included a water leak in a 3″ Polyethylene water main adjacent to a swimming pool. It was not a swimming pool leak. The leak was substantial, but very quiet when listening with the line wet. I added compressed air and helium gas which increased the sound level to the point where the equipment

Water line leak in Florence, Kentucky

Water line leak in Florence, Kentucky

Water line leak in Florence, Kentucky involved a water meter in the middle of the front yard with the water service entering the home in the middle of the yard. Should have been a straight shot from meter to house, but no, the water line ran 15 ft over, to under the driveway, which was

Water leak detection at Trailer Park in Harrison, Ohio

Water leak detection at Trailer Park in Harrison, Ohio

This project involved a 1/2 mile long 1-1/2″ water service running from a pump house to 20 spread out trailer home sites. The water leak had started in December and had grown progressively worse over the past 6 months. I started listening with the system wet at the pump house and walked with the plumber