Gas and water leak testing is an area of specialty for our fully licensed plumbers at ABC.
With gas, the most common warning sign is the smell of gas. ABC and your local gas utility may work on your problem jointly, since gas leaks can be critical. 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 any system. Gas companies typically do not perform repairs on the home side of a gas system and will refer you to a licensed plumber. Once the work is performed and the gas company inspects the repair, they will turn your system back on.
With water leaks, the main warning signs are soft, wet spots in the yard or visible water standing or running down driveways and sidewalks. A substantial increase in water bills is another good indicator of a leak. If you suspect you have a water leak, 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 paperwork from your ABC plumber for proof.
If it’s truly a leak in the slab of your home, we will refer you to a slab specialist. However, most water leaks are not 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 and get you on the road to repair.
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. Be sure to explain your particular backflow device circumstance in detail to an ABC customer service representative, and we will handle your issue in the most efficient method possible.