Gas and water leak testing are areas of specialization for ABC plumbers. Our plumbers are fully licensed and can perform leak testing and repair.
With gas leaks, the most common symptom is the smell of gas. Great care needs to be taken with gas leaks, and both ABC and your local gas utility may work on your problem jointly. If your gas has been shut off by the utility, ABC can perform the necessary repairs and coordinate with the gas company to have your system inspected and turned back on. The inspection to re-establish service is a mandatory process when the gas company has been called out to turn off the system. Gas companies typically do not perform repairs on the “home side” of a gas system and will refer you to a licensed plumber to perform the work. Once the work is performed and the gas company inspects the repair, they will turn the system back on.
With water leaks, the main clues are soft, wet spots in the yard or visible water standing or running down driveways and sidewalks. Additionally, another clue is a sudden, substantial increase in water bills. If you suspect a water leak, contact ABC, and we’ll find the source, price the repairs and have you back to normal as quickly as possible. It’s also worth noting that some utilities will credit some of your excessive water bill, with proof from you that there was a leak, and a plumber inspected and repaired the problem. Be sure to save all of the paperwork from the ABC plumber for proof.
ABC is a slab leak specialist. Slab leaks are the most damaging type of residential leak, so call us right away if you have sunken spots in your slab or buckling of floorboards, wet slab or carpet, or unexplained high water bills. These can all be signs of a serious water leak. However, most water leaks are not necessarily slab leaks. The most common type of leak is where the water pipe (commonly, PVC pipe) from the utility supply line attaches to the copper fitting at the edge of a home’s slab. This is commonly mistaken for a slab leak because of its proximity to the slab.
Other types of leaks can come from damage to the pipe from ground-shifting with weather changes or someone working in the yard and accidentally puncturing the water line. Contact ABC for any suspected water leak, and we’ll determine the true nature of the leak.
Does ABC repair or install backflow devices?
Yes. The most common type of backflow devices in a residential setting are the ones attached to a swimming pool or a sprinkler system. While some companies may only be able to perform backflow testing, ABC’s licensed plumbers can perform all necessary testing and repairs & installations when needed.