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Water Leak & Burst Pipe Repair Services

Plumbing leaks, water leaks or a burst pipe should be fixed as soon as you find it. Plumbing and water leaks usually get worse over time so the best course of action is to call a professional company like SWR Drain Service Ltd. to fix the leak. When you find a burst pipe it is even more important the problem is fixed right away to avoid damage to your home or business.

Signs of a Water Leak or Burst Pipe

Sometimes a water leak or burst pipe can go undetected for a while before the tell tale signs show. Here are some of the signs that you have a water leak or burst pipe:

  • Signs you may have a broken water line or leaking drainage:
    • Large puddles or streams of water in your yard.
    • Your basement is damp or wet.
    • Reduced water pressure inside the home or building could indicate a broken water line.
    • If you pay your water bill based on usage, usually high water bill could indicate a broken or leaking water line.
  • Signs you may have a plumbing leak or drainage leak inside your home or building:
    • Can hear water running when all taps are turned off.
    • Reduced water pressure at your taps, bath and shower.
    • Can hear water dripping.
    • Notice dampness and/or mould in areas.
    • Swelling of the wall or drywall.
    • Plaster or paint peeling.

What Causes Water Leaks or a Burst Pipe?

Water leaks or a burst pipe can be caused by:

  • Broken piping, both for your interior plumbing and drainage system.
  • Corrosion of the piping. The Vancouver area has a high level of PH in our water that causes accelerated corrosion of piping.
  • Clogging of the pipes with debris or roots.
  • Freezing of water in the pipes causes the water inside them to expand and burst the pipe.
  • Cracks and breaks develop in the pipes over time or if there is a shift in its support.
  • Old pipes, like anything else, wear out and start to fail with age.
  • When piping or drainage is not installed properly problems can develop.
  • If there is a rise in your water pressure this can cause leaks or pipes to burst.

How to Check for a Water Line Leak

  • Locate the water meter.
  • Turn off every item inside and outside the house that uses water.
  • Check the meter. Watch the meter for at least one minute. If the meter dial is still moving, you have a leak.
  • If you still can’t locate the leak, find the shut-off valve for your home.
  • Detection and prevention
    • Pay attention to your monthly water bills.
  • Once you suspect you have a water leak follow the steps above to check/confirm where the leak is coming from. If you are not sure how to proceed call SWR Drain Service.

Leaking Pipe Detection & Repair

There are many plumbing problems that you may be able to fix yourself. But there are some that require the help of a professional – such as a burst pipe. Repairing a burst pipe is very labour intensive. Pipe bursts are some of the most common plumbing problems in Vancouver and surrounding areas.

It is labour intensive because solving the problem may involve opening the wall, replacing the failing pipe and then re-plastering the wall. Most pipe bursts occur in showers, bathrooms and kitchens. Pipe bursts can be preventable and the problem rectified if you come to know there might be an issue beforehand. SWR Drain Service Ltd. has the experience and knowledge to prevent and rectify pipe bursts.

Pipe Leak Detection

Some people think that pipe leaks happen suddenly and there is no way of preventing it beforehand – this isn’t true. There are various ways to detect pipe leaks beforehand if you know what you’re looking for. Most pipe leaks happen over a period of time as the pipe slowly deteriorates.

Using our locating equipment and video inspection cameras we can locate any hidden breaks in your interior piping, water line servicing your property or drainage system. We can also provide you with a preventative maintenance plan to catch possible leaks and other problems before they cause serious damage.

Plumbing Leak Repair & Burst Pipe Repair

SWR Drain Service Ltd. can take care of all your plumbing leak repairs and drainage pipe leaks:

  • Clogged drainage cleared with our snaking or hydro jetting equipment.
  • Replacement of failing or failed sump pumps.
  • Unfreezing frozen pipes.
  • Clearing sewer backup caused on your own property or by the City sewer system.
  • Perimeter drain inspection and repair.
  • Drain inspection, cleaning, repair and maintenance.
  • Hydro jetting interior and exterior drainage.
  • Sewer line repair and replacement.
  • Water line repair and replacement.
  • Checking water pressure problems.

Plumbing Leak Repair, Burst Pipe Repair & Water Line Repair Service Area

SWR Drain Service Ltd. services homes, commercial buildings, stratas and industrial buildings in the following areas. If you city is not listed below, please contact our office for a quotation to come to your location. We would be happy to do that.

Why SWR Drain Service Ltd.?

Our long term goal is to justify the trust our customers place on us by providing the best possible service provided at a fair price.

Our team has handled many home owner, commercial, strata and industrial projects of all sizes. We take a great deal of pride in the work we do and we strive to do it right the first time.

Since 1970, we’ve been building a reputation for reliability and quality service and we work hard to keep that reputation. Call us for professional service for all your water leak needs.

Call SWR Drain Service Ltd. today at 604 596 0131 – Water leak detection and burst pipe repair in the Lower Mainland.

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