Leaking pipes are a common plumbing problem to have, but putting the repair off for too long can turn into a serious issue. Fortunately, our team at Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning has the experience and advanced tools to fix your leaking pipes quickly and effectively.
It’s not always easy to tell if you have a leak, but here are some common signs to look out for that are all good reasons to give an expert a call.
At Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, we specialize in a variety of leak detection services that can detect small and large leaks throughout your pipes. Leak detection can be accomplished through techniques such as slab leak detection or smoke and odor testing.
Slab Leak Detection is a industry-leading method of leak detection that detects leaks throughout the slab or foundation of your property. With leak slab leak detection services, we use state-of-the-art equipment to locate the leak and decide the best way to solve it. Smoke and Odor Testing is a simpler way to detect both small and large leaks within your pipes. Through the smoke and odor testing, we emit one of the two throughout your pipe. The smoke will be visible as we notice the exact spot that is allowing your pipes to leak.
Through both methods of leak detection, your leaking pipe problems will be identified and solved using one of our best solutions.
When you have a leaking pipe, the most important thing is that it is taken care of in a timely manner and with a solution that best meets the needs of your Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington pipes. Before your leaking pipes can be restored, they need to be properly cleaned. Hydro jetting is a popular cleaning method that will clear your pipes of any build-up or debris and prepare them for repair. Even the most stubborn clogs, such as tree roots, are no match for this equipment. The hydro jetting process involves a pressurized water hose that we insert into an existing access point in your lines. This hose then sprays water in all directions to clean your pipes and restore water flow.
Once your pipes are cleaned, they can be repaired with our CIPP lining services. Cured-in-Place Pipe Lining is a common solution for weakened pipes that do not need replacement. This process involves coating the interior of your lines with epoxy to restore your pipes flow and give you a water-tight seal.
If your leaking pipe is serious enough to require a replacement, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to deal with the hassle of excavation. Pipe bursting is a trenchless technology that involves inserting a bursting head into your lines to break away the damaged area and pull in a new pipe seamlessly.
Our team at Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning understands that a leaking pipe needs urgent attention. This is why our expert technicians are available 24/7 to help with any plumbing need you may have. We use the most advanced trenchless technology to avoid digging on your property to give you a lasting solution quickly.
If you suspect you have a leaking pipe, our experts at Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning is only a phone call away from giving you an accurate inspection and diagnosis. To catch your leak before it causes serious damage, call us today.
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Unfortunately, it’s easy to accidentally put grease down your drains no matter how hard you try not to. When you rinse dishes in your sink, they often have a thin layer of grease on them. Your hot rinsing water dissolves this and helps it run down your drains. When the grease cools later, it hardens against the pipe wall. Over time, this can cause significant grease buildup that can also catch other debris in its trap, causing a major sink clog.
If the drains are ones you use a lot, try rinsing them with a 1:1 combination of vinegar and baking soda. Put the baking soda in the drain and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then pour the vinegar down and leave it for 15 more minutes. Finally, wash it all down the drain with hot water and see if things smell better.
If the drains are ones you don’t use much, you may need to simply add water to them. Many drains keep out odors because they place a water trap between you and the smells. If this water leaks out, which it often does over time, there won’t be a barrier between you and the bad smells. Pour a bucket of water down the drains and see if that helps. If your water trap keeps disappearing, call one of our plumbers to find out why.
The key to making most garbage disposals work is to use enough water with them. You’ll want to allow the water to run for at least 10 seconds after the scraps you put down them are gone, and maybe up to 30 seconds. When you do this, you can put almost any non-fibrous items down the disposal, including coffee grounds, eggs and egg shells, potato peelings, bones up to ½” in diameter, apples, and citrus peels.
There are a lot of things that you can do to prevent clogs at home. Make sure each drain opening is covered by a trap of some kind. These will collect hair (in the shower) or food scraps so they don’t accidentally go down the drain and cause a clog. You should also make sure that only products intended for your toilets get flushed. In the kitchen, do your best to remove grease before you rinse your dishes in the sink and make sure larger debris either goes into the trash can or gets put down the garbage disposal correctly, with plenty of water.
Whether you try to unclog your own drains is up to you. We don’t recommend using chemical drain cleaners, like Drano. These won’t actually solve your problem but will, instead, simply dissolve a hole through the middle of your clog. If you use them too often, they may dissolve holes in your pipes, too! You can try leaving a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and baking soda in a clogged drain for up to 30 minutes and see if that helps, instead.
A plunger may also help with your clogged drain, even if it’s not in the toilet. If it doesn’t work, there are a variety of products that you can rent or buy that may help you unclog your drain. These hooks and short snakes can be useful, though they can also further damage your plumbing. If you choose to use them, make sure you understand how to do so before you start your project.
We are always happy to look at your drains, whether it’s for maintenance or to solve an acute problem. However, we definitely recommend bringing in a professional when:
Apollo jetted the basement drain line in our old 1927 Portland house. The line has been backing up thru the floor drain for a while. The technician cleared out the line with the hydro-jet, and it’s running great now. On-time and professional!"
- Tim T., Google Review
Apollo Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning was on time, professional, and very knowledgeable. He took the time to inspect our rain drain to our dry well and do everything he could to alleviate the issue. I would highly recommend Apollo, they were informative and straight forward. Honesty is obviously a value they uphold for their customers."
- Forrest W., Google Review
I can’t begin to tell you how pleased we were with the service we received today from Anthony. He was incredibly personable and friendly. He went above and beyond and made the service call painless. Anthony took care of our clogged train in no time. Apollo and Anthony are the best! We highly recommend them."
- Jennifer T., Google Review