How To Find a Water Leak in Largo Florida

I Find Leaks uses technology in order to pinpoint hidden water leaks under concrete slabs. In this video we pinpointed a water leak under a concrete slab on a 1/2″ copper pipe. By using our technology we minimize damage when finding water leaks to your valuable property.
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How To Find a Water Leak in Tarpon Springs, FL

I Find Leaks uses the latest technology available to locate hidden water leaks. This commercial property had been experiencing very high water bills with no noticeable water leak until we dug up the ground surrounding the water leak.

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Hole in Sewer Drain Pipe Brandon Florida

A sewer video inspection of a plumbing drain line in Brandon Florida reveals a hole in the cast iron drain pipe. You can see the hole just after the sewer camera passes through a 90 degree plumbing fitting.

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Brandon Florida Sewer Inspection

Sewer video inspection of 2 sewer vent stacks leading to main sewer line under house. The homeowner has been experiencing issues with sewer back ups on the east side of the house. These lines are filled with dirty, greasy water which prevents us from getting a clear picture of the condition of the sewer pipe.

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Sewer Video Inspection underneath Clearwater home

Sewer Video Inspection underneath Clearwater home to check for breaks or obstructions in the sewer line. This is what a sewer system in good condition should look like.

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Clearwater Flood Damage

Relative humidity plays a large factor when dealing with water damage in Clearwater and Tampa Bay area homes and businesses. The team at I Find and Dry leaks uses hygrometers to test indoor humidity levels as well as outdoor humidity levels. Once a water damage event or indoor flood occurs, equipment such as dehumidifiers are installed inside the home in order to bring down relative humidity levels. By also installing fans or air movers, the process of evaporation is used to remove water from water damaged walls, ceilings, floors and cabinetry. The air movers blow across the water damaged building materials and the water evaporates into the air. The dehumidifiers remove the water from the air. By monitoring the relative humidity over a period of time, we can check the drying progress of your water loss.

It is also a good idea to leave your air conditioner running if you are going to be gone for an extended period of time, especially during the summer months. It is very humid during the summertime in Florida, and this humidity will find its way into your Clearwater home or business causing indoor relative humidity levels to rise. Florida black mold loves humidity and you may return to find mold growth inside of your home or business. Your AC system is also a dehumidifier as water condensates on the cold coils once air is moving through the system indoors.

Relative Humidity Outdoors in Florida
Relative Humidity Outdoors in Florida
Relative Humidity Indoors in Florida
Relative Humidity Indoors in Florida

 

 

Pipe Leaks Cause Water Damage

Hidden water leaks on copper pipes can cause water damage to wood flooring, drywall, and cabinetry. The team at I Find Leaks uses the latest technology on the market today to locate hidden water leaks. In many cases, pipe leaks will occur and the damage may not be in the immediate vicinity of the water leak. Often times, water will show in the middle of hallways or door ways instead of exactly where the leak is occurring. This is due to the construction of homes in the Tampa Bay area as well as the path the water will take when it travels along wood studs attached to your concrete slab forming the foundation for walls. As you can see in the pictures below, a copper pipe leaked in a wall on the opposite side of a shower. The Tampa Bay homeowners didn’t realize they had a water leak until water started showing up in the doorway to the bathroom. By this time, the water had seeped underneath walls and flooring, and began to cause the wood flooring to buckle or discolor. If you see any signs of water damage, it’s a good idea to hire a team of leak detection professionals to locate the source of the water leak in order to prevent further water damage.

Copper Pipe Leak Damages Wood Floor
Copper Pipe Leak Damages Wood Floor
Copper Pipe Leak Causes Water Damage
Copper Pipe Leak Causes Water Damage

 

Water Heater Explosion

Do you have a part time residence in Florida?  Do you have a check list of preventive measures to take when you leave the property and go back home for the summer?  I Find Leaks recommend one of the items on the list should be turning the water and electrical service off and draining the water heater prior to departure.  Many times we have been called to a part time residence to find while our customer had been away small leaks in the hot water heater had developed.  These leaks can be pinhole leaks in a supply line or leaks because the hot water heater tank itself had failed, usually because the bottom had rusted out. When the tanks on an average residential hot water heater fail they usually leak at a very slow rate and go unnoticed for long periods of time because the walls and flooring around the leak will absorb most of the water.   When water is allowed to sit and the property is not properly dried out or the area is not cleaned with an anti-microbial, extensive and expensive damages can occur ruining your return to the winter home you so love.  Please be diligent and take the time to develop a check list of preventive measures to take prior to leaving for extended periods of time, you’ll be glad you did and as they say, an ounce of prevention is with a pound of cure

So write our number down, post it on the refrigerator and if you should experience a leak give us a call.  The team at I find Leaks is waiting to answer your questions and address your concerns.

Leaking Water Heater
Infrared Image of Water Heater Leaking
Water Heater Causes Water Damage
Water Damage after Water Heater Leak

 

How To Dry Wet Walls

How do I dry wet walls after a house flood? This is a question the team at I Find and Dry Leaks receives on a regular basis. The first step to treating water damage after a house flood or a broken water pipe is to identify where all of the moisture is. In many cases, you cannot see all of the water damage with the naked eye. Wet things like to be dry and dry things like to be wet. This is the first thing to keep in mind after a water damage event occurs in your Tampa Bay home or office. Water also travels and follows the path of least resistance. It often follows studs that are anchored into your concrete slab which are the base of walls built in your home. These studs act as a channel for the water to follow. For instance, a leaking plumbing line to the refrigerator caused the water damage shown in the pictures below. The water traveled  underneath the wood flooring and along the walls. The bottom of the walls act like a sponge and soak up the water. We use an infrared camera to identify water damage and map the moisture in the home. Just because something may feel dry doesn’t necessarily mean it is dry. With the use of this infrared technology, we are able to see the water damage so that we can dry it effectively.

I Find and Dry Leaks carries the latest state of the art dry out equipment on the market today. We use dehumidifiers and fans as well as some specialty drying equipment to dry walls, ceilings and floors. By using this equipment we can save the home from the potential of mold, black mold and mildew. We are always available to handle any water damage emergency no matter what time of the day or night. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions in regards to water damage or in regards to finding a hidden water leak.

Wet wall as shown with an infrared camera
Wet wall as shown with an infrared camera
Wet wall without Infrared imaging
Wet wall without Infrared imaging