Leak Detection

Leak DetectionHeaton Plumbing experts are Houston TX‘s water leak detection and repair specialist. Small signs of water problems can soon turn into cracks in walls, ceiling even concrete slabs and foundations. Leaks in piping indoors, piping and sewers outdoors and or in pools can be huge problems. When you see a problem or hear water running through the pipes or in the walls or suspect you have a leak you need to take action quickly. Big or small, a leak can be critical to your budget and to your property value.  You must take the right steps to properly detect and solve your problem. Don’t pay excessive charges or incur property damage that results from waiting too long or worse having the wrong people on the job.

Accurate leak detection requires the right equipment and skilled experts.  A bad job can cost you even more by being the cause of even more damage. We utilizes the very best state-of-the-art equipment to ensure the most non-invasive leak detection possible.  But it is our professional highly trained team that really sets us apart. Our technicians have completed the industry’s most extensive training problem and are highly skilled to accurately locate the most difficult leaks, without destruction.

We always strive to provide water leak detection without any damage or destruction to your property for all types of leaks including hidden water leaks, sewer leaks and leaks in pools. Whether your leak is small and hard to find, which can cause extreme long-term damage. Or you have a gushing big burst spraying water in your homes hidden spaces or underground. Our non-destructive and non-invasive methods assure a timely and economical outcome saving you money and insuring that damage to property is eliminated or reduced.

If your leak is a plumbing problem or a mishap, a leak in your home, business or swimming pool can be not only stressful but can also be a huge financial burden. However, you can get this under control quickly when you hire Heaton Plumbing to handle your leak detection and resolution.

Pool leak and sewer leak repair needs

You can count on us to promptly and precisely detect and diagnose your problem in Houston TX. Once diagnosed, you can count on us to make the repairs or assist your plumbing contractor to quickly resolve your problem. If your adding more and more water to your pool or you suspect your pool has a leak. Or if you see a big spike in your water bill, you may have a leak.

We can determine if you have even a small leak in your swimming pool and give you an idea of this cost for repair or make that repair for you while we are there. When we leave, you can rest assured that we’ve located and fixed your problem. You can enjoy your pool and your home more knowing that your leak issues are fixed.

Q&A What causes leaks in Pools

Q. – What causes leaks?

  • A. – Several things can  cause a leak, including soil Subsidence (saturation, setting, bad fill), trees (aggressive roots), construction mistakes, temperature change, chemical imbalance, settling, re-plaster/remodeling or shell deterioration.


Q. – How can leaks be repaired?

  • A. – Some leaks, such as small structural leaks, can be easily repaired WITHOUT draining the pool. Using underwater type epoxies or patching plasters is the most common way of dealing with this type of leak.  Buried plumbing leaks require a more extensive repair.  Broken or cracked pipes under decking usually call for cutting the decking to reach the repair site.  For copper lines, sometimes it is easier and less expensive to seal off the leaking system and install a new one.


Q. – Why stop a leak?

  • A. – When a pool or spa has a leak, fresh water must be added, sometimes continuously.  Tap water has so much less chlorine than is required by a pool or spa, it dilutes the pool water.  This means that sanitizers (chlorine, bromine, etc.) must be added in greater quantities with increased frequency to compensate.  PH and other factors are also greatly affected, requiring frequent adjustment with acids or carbonate.  All this constant re-filling and chemistry adjustments can make a pool seem like a liability instead of an asset.  Water loss is expensive and damaging.  The damage caused can start a “domino” effect as the leak damage progresses.  A continuous small leak can eventually erode supporting soil behind the shell of the pool, allowing the deck to sink – or worse – force the pool shell to shift or tilt.  This movement of the pool, even if only millimeters, can strain and break the plumbing.  Leaking pool water usually kills surrounding vegetation.  Expenses for chemicals and wasted water costs can be high.  Some water companies charge an extra premium for high volume users.  Because the chemical balance is affected, sanitizer levels can become low, turning a pool or spa into a giant growing environment for diseases and infectious bacteria.  Also, algae love to get their start in unbalance water.


Q. – Why is my pool leaking only with the equipment on?

  • A. – This may indicate a pressure side leak.  With the filter pump on, the plumbing on the pressure side is, under pressure. This can open up small drips into spraying gushers.  Check the waste or backwash line for water running all the time.  One inch of your pool water can equal 500 gallons.


Q. – Why is my pool leaking only with the equipment off?

  • A. – This usually indicates a suction side leak.  With the filter pump on, the plumbing on the suction side is under lower pressure; air can be drawn in through otherwise leaking voids.  You may notice air in the pump basket (if you have a clear lid), air bubbling out of the return lines or air repeatedly built up inside the filter tank.  Use tape or a pencil to mark water levels.  This will help you determine if you have a leak.


Q. – Why does my pool leak all the time?

  • A. – This does not rule out leaks in the plumbing, but turns a suspicious eye on the shell of the pool or the connections in the pool.  Start by looking for cracks in the plaster or vinyl.  Look closely at the rim or tile line, and look very closely inside of the skimmers.  The most common leak is a separation between the plastic skimmer and the concrete or bowl of the pool.


Q. – I conducted a bucket test.  I am losing water for sure. How can I tell where the leak is?

  • A. – The bucket test should be conducted twice. The test needs to be conducted with the pump on, then again with the pump off.
  1. If the loss of water is greater when the pump is ON, the leak is likely in the plumbing or equipment.
  2. If the water loss is the same regardless of the pump being ON or OFF, the leak is likely in the structure or suction line(s). For our purposes here, “structural” includes: skimmer throat, light, tile line, spillways, water features, and any place a pipe or conduit penetrates the outer concrete shell.


Leaks in piping indoors, piping and sewers outdoors and or in pools can be huge problems. Even underground leaks can be a huge problem. If you have a leak problem or think you have a leak, it can be critical to both your budget and property value that you take the right steps quickly, to properly detect and solve your problem.


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