Pipe Leak Detection in Richmond

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Service overview

  • 24/7 emergency service available
  • Licensed Red Seal plumber
  • FREE water shut-off tagging

Service details

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Your problems

We may not be the cheapest plumbers in town, but that's for a good reason: We only let licensed plumbers into your home. We understand that your home is important—we're homeowners, too. You should expect nothing short of excellent workmanship and customer service when we detect your pipe leak.

Your questions

We believe in transparent service. If you have any questions regarding your leak detection, or questions about your home's plumbing in general, don't hesitate to ask. The more you know about your home's plumbing, the more proactive you can be in preventing simple issues in the future.

Your concerns

Transparent service means no hidden costs or fine print. When our technicians give you a price, that's the price you'll pay. If detecting the leak is more difficult than we thought or we spend an extra 2 hours finding it, your price never changes. That's our promise to you.

How we detect leaks in your home​

1) You call us at any hour

Leaks don't happen from 9 to 5. We're available 24 hours a day to repair those nasty surprises. Contact us online or call 604-283-2383 to schedule your appointment.

Note: If you have a large leak, you should shut off the water supply to the fixture or your main water supply immediately to prevent further water damage.

2) We detect the leak

Finding leaks is often harder than it sounds. Small leaks are often difficult to locate when working with long pieces of piping in small enclosed areas such as under sinks or in walls. 

3) We give you repair options

Your plumber will show you the leak and give you the most economical option to repair it. If you choose us to repair the leak, the plumber will shutoff the water supply to the affected plumbing so the pipe can be properly repaired.

4) We make sure you're satisfied

Whether or not you choose us to repair your leak, we'll call you 24 hours after your service to make sure you're satisfied. If for some reason your expectations weren't met, let us know! We'll make it right.

Every leak detection service comes with:

100% satisfaction guarantee

Not satisfied with our leak detection? Let us know in our follow up call. We'll make it right.

1-year labour warranty

If we repair your leak, we stand behind our work 1 year after service.

Cost to detect a pipe leak in Richmond

  • Low: $99
  • Average: $130
  • High: $220

What impacts price?

We offer a $99 detection for indoor leaks and FREE detection for outdoor leaks. The cost to repair the leak depends on:

  • Location of the leaking pipe
  • Size of the leak
  • Type of leak (faucet, under the sink, hot water/cold water line, main sewer line)
  • Type of repair needed
    • Spot repair
    • Elbow replacement
    • Supply lines
    • New piping installation

Education

What causes leaky pipes?
Do you hear creaking noises at night when you're trying to sleep? Believe it or not, your house is constantly moving from the foundation of your home settling. This movement, however small it may be, can cause the joints in your home's piping to loosen and separate. When this connection is broken, small leaks can happen over time and cause water damage inside your walls or ceilings.

Leaking or dripping pipes can also occur naturally over time due to corrosion and drying/shrinking of rubber seals between connections of your faucets and taps. Unfortunately, there's not a lot homeowners can do to prevent these leaks. Preventative maintenance and inspection is the only way to stop leaks before they occur. By identifying problematic areas and repairing them before any leaks occur, you can save thousands of dollars in water damage repairs.

How do I fix a leaking pipe?
There are many methods to repair a leaking pipe, depending on the location and material of the pipe, we can repair it with a spot repair but cutting out and soldering in a new section/elbow or install entire new sections of piping. Which method is chosen is entirely dependent on the location, and most importantly, the condition of the pipe around the leakage. In our 30 years of business, the most common cause of leaks is worn or loose connections/elbows. With the right tools, this is usually a simple fix and can be repaired in under an hour.
Spot repairs that require cutting and soldering is sometimes needed for leaking copper pipes. Spot repairing badly damaged pipe is not economical in the long run, as further leakage may occur near the repair. A new section of piping will ensure that your leak is repaired once and for all.

Why are my copper pipes turning green and white?
Most older homes around Metro Vancouver have copper piping, while newer homes are often piped with PEX. Copper piping is metal and will react with the air, water, minerals, and acids dissolved in the water. The green film/crystals are the copper oxide and are formed by the slow corrosion on the copper pipe. If you see a few small dots of green forming, don't be alarmed. Small spots can be an indication of moisture in the air condensing and reacting naturally with the copper surface. It is always a good idea to monitor these spots to ensure no water leaks from these areas, as this can be a sign of small pin-hole leaks developing from inside the pipe. Discoloration between the joints of your cooper plumbing can also be left over flux (a paste used to clean the surface of the piping prior to soldering). This flux can discolor overtime and leave a dark stain around the soldered areas. However, if you see a large amount of green film around your copper joints or running down a pipe, this can be an indication of a slow leak or drip between the elbows (connections).

Will green copper pipes damage my plumbing?
While the green film is not harmful to your plumbing, it can be a symptom of a leak. As mentioned earlier, a few small spots are usual. However, when you start to notice a massive buildup, this can be an indication of a leak near the green film. This can indicate the early stages of a leak or holes developing in the piping and should be repaired to guard against costly repairs to your home in the future.

How can I clean the green film on my copper pipes?
Common cooking vinegar and a rag can be used to remove the green stains on your copper piping. Wear gloves and be careful not to brush your skin or clothing against the piping as it can stain. When cleaning the piping, ensure that the pipe is not bumped or moved, use gentle pressure to remove the stains and avoid pulling on or twisting the piping.

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