Water Damage Restoration & Cleanup
It could happen to anyone a few inches of water can change your current home state. It is a serious threat to your home or office. The harmful effects of water damage can be reduced greatly by the prompt and reliable water damage restoration services from Skyline. Our plumbing experts are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to quickly repair the problem (if applicable) and prevent further damage.
Water Restoration Experts
Skyline plumbers are experts and well-trained and knowledgeable in the area of water damage restoration. Our trained professionals are certified and have services in compliance with standards for professional water damage restoration. Skyline is fully equipped with state-of-the-art water extraction, drying, and moisture testing equipment to handle everything including:
• Water and sewer damage cleanup
• Cleaning and deodorizing
• Drying of contents and structure
• Water Leak Repair
Skyline Water Leak Repair Services Include:
• Hidden Water and Sewer Leaks
• Pipe Leak Repair
• Plumbing Leaks
• Sewer & Drain Blockage
• Slab Leak Detection
• Water Leak Repair Options
• Water Leak Detection Equipment
• Water Leaks Behind Walls
Water & Sewage Damage Cleanup
When your plumbing fixtures fail, or when a storm hits your area, water can quickly become a problem. Heavy rain combined with partially blocked sewers can often cause sewage backups. If floodwater inside your home is not addressed promptly, your walls, as well as your carpet, flooring, ceiling and personal property can quickly become damaged, creating an environment for bacteria, rot and mold growth.
Our water and sewage cleanup services include the following:
• Broken pipes and failing plumbing fixtures or appliances. Our plumbers have expertise in water damage cleanup and plumbing repair, including sump pumps, water heater failures, broken pipes and leaks from your washing machine, dishwasher and ice maker.
• Sewage damage from your toilet and sewer & drain backups.
• Flooding created by severe weather, whether it be heavy rain or groundwater seeping into basements.
Our prompt response times and immediate action can reduce further damage to your home and possessions. It’s important that water and sewage are removed and the property dried, ventilated and disinfected as quickly as possible to inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganisms.
Call us for more information on our water damage cleanup and repair services. Our water leak repair services include slab leak detection, plumbing leak, pipe leak repair as well as hidden water and sewer leaks. No matter how big the emergency we are there for you.
Cleaning a home after water damage is an extensive and important task. Simple do-it-yourself drying techniques are often not enough when removing water from your home or office. Your carpet, walls and floor coverings are porous which means a simple cleaning will not suffice, and extensive water damage cleaning is required. All surfaces affected by water damage must be thoroughly dried, cleaned, disinfected and deodorized by trained and certified water restoration professionals in order to eliminate disease-causing bacteria, fungi, and other viruses before the area are safe for humans again. The actual cleaning and drying time of your contents is dependent upon the extent of the water damage. While some clean-up efforts can take 2 days, many may take longer.
We will promptly clean the contents of any areas affected by water damage while removing any non-salvageable possessions, if applicable.
Our extensive cleaning process includes the application of anti-microbial agents and deodorizers, as well as air-cleaning utilizing our state-of-the-art equipment. The advanced water mitigation equipment is not removed from your home or business until our temperature, humidity and moisture testing confirms that all affected areas have been dried to acceptable levels according to industry certification standards.
When water emergencies strike, make sure to leave the water cleanup operations to our experts. We understand the need to get your home or office back in order as quickly as possible.
Hidden Water and Sewer Leaks
Tracing hidden water and sewer leaks can be extremely difficult but is necessary to avoid the potential damage that the leaks can cause. If you notice a leak in your home, we can assist by providing professional water leak detection services and equipment.
Here are some signs and symptoms that you may have hidden plumbing leaks:
• You hear the continuous sound of water (like a toilet running) when nothing is turned on.
• Your water meter reading changes when you aren’t using any water. (Mark the indicator on your meter; don’t use any water for a couple of hours; then check the meter. If the indicator moved, you may have a leak.)
• Your water bill escalates over a period of weeks or months.
• Your walls or floors have wet, spongy, moist or discolored areas when nothing has been spilled.
• You smell foul odors coming from floors or walls near drains or sewers.
• You find warm spots on your floor, particularly on concrete slab floors.
There are some measures homeowners can take in order to detect potential hidden plumbing leaks before they get out of hand:
Kitchen and Bathrooms
Open cabinet doors beneath sinks and shine a flashlight inside to look for moisture at joints, Signs of a leaking pipe may also include corrosion on the supply line fittings and valves. Clear out the cabinet and examine the bottom for water stains, dampness, mold or mildew, and buckled or peeling material, which indicates a leak has occurred.
Floors, Walls and Ceilings
Examine the flooring around fixtures and appliances that use water, including toilets, bathtubs, dishwashers, and refrigerators. Cracked or warped flooring or spongy spots on the floor indicate the presence of moisture and a possible leak. Examine the walls and ceilings in rooms located directly beneath bathrooms as well. Stains on the ceiling or walls, and bubbling or peeling paint or wallpaper, indicate a leak somewhere in nearby pipes. Contact our plumber to inspect and repair the leak, and to confirm its location before you begin ripping out walls or floors.
Basements and Crawlspaces
Inspect exposed pipes in basements and crawlspaces. Corrosion, mineral buildup or moisture present around the pipes indicates a leak. If you see mold, mildew or rotted wood around these pipes, your leak is probably in this area. Water tends to travel downward, and often the location of water stains is not the exact location of the leaking pipe. Still, it is a good indicator of the general area of the source of moisture.
Pipe Leak Repair
Brown or discolored water, warm spots in the floor, soaked carpeting, ceilings or walls, and abnormally high water bills are all signs of failing pipes. Under ordinary conditions, the copper pipes that are commonly used in most homes are durable and long-lasting. They do, however, sometimes develop leaks that can cause damage to your home and therefore pipe leak repair is critical. If not caught and repaired, these leaks can cause significant damage to your home.
Some of the most common leaks can occur around bathtubs and showers, drains, sinks, washing machines, dishwashers, and toilets. Some leaks are obvious, such as dripping faucets and leaking water heaters. But unfortunately, many go undetected for years because they are not visible.
Homeowners can often make temporary repairs to keep water pipes in working order until permanent repairs can be made. A temporary pipe leak repair allows toilets, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures to remain in use. However, please be aware that these temporary fixes are just that and should never be depended on as a long-term repair.
Some pipe leak repair options may include:
• If the leak is in the joint, tighten the joint.
• If the leak is in the pipe, you may be able to remove the damaged section of pipe and replace it.
• If you have a minor leak, such as a small hole in a pipe, you can wrap waterproof tape over the bad spot in the pipe. This is only a quick, temporary fix.
There are many things that can contribute to a leaky pipe. A number of factors can work alone or in combination to affect any piping system.
• Corrosion may be the result of a chemical reaction, water quality or age. Corrosion can affect every aspect of any plumbing fixture and it should be repaired immediately.
• Rust is the most common form of corrosion and is usually found in older galvanized steel pipes. Newer PVC or copper pipes are not vulnerable to rust, but many different parts of the plumbing fixtures in your home are.
• In modern plumbing, cracks are rare, but still possible. A crack can occur in almost any plumbing fixture, and you should replace any fixture that develops a crack.
• The joints in your pipe system can degrade and develop leaks over time. The most notable sign of leaky pipe joints is a lack of water pressure. Unfortunately, leaky pipe joints are typically hidden behind walls and the foundation of your home, and you may not notice one until it is too late.
If you do suspect a leaky pipe, but don’t know where it’s located, we can help. We specialize in pipe leak repairs and can advise homeowners on a variety of leak repair options for some of the most frequent occurrences. If you experience flooding due to a leak, we also provide full-service plumbing repair, including water damage restoration.
• Water Damage Cleanup
• Cleaning & Deodorizing
• Our Process
Signs of a water faucet leak:
• Drips: Hear or see signs of drips? A leak is probably nearby. While you may think you would notice a constant drip, there are some rooms in your house you may not frequent as often. Listen closely infrequently used rooms and regularly check in on rooms you don’t use as much to uncover possible hidden plumbing leaks.
• Rust or water puddles: These two issues can show up commonly at the base of your faucets, around drains in sinks, tubs or showers and on the floor below a faucet. Act fast if you notice the reddish rust color or even small puddle nearby.
• Higher than usual water bill: Unexplained spikes in your water bill usually indicate that a leak or some other type of plumbing problem has happened. Check around your house for signs of a leak.
• Squeaky faucets: Do your faucets make a squeaking noise whenever you turn the taps on or off? Are they difficult to turn on and off completely? This may be a sign of a bigger problem!
• Moldy or rotten food smell: Sometimes, you smell the effects of a leak before you see or hear anything.
Signs of a leaking toilet
• Noises: If you hear bubbling noises or groaning sounds coming from the pipes behind or beneath the toilet, chances are you have a plumbing leak.
• Mysterious water on the bathroom floor: It could be a small amount far away from the bowl or right where the toilet meets the floor or wall. Small amounts of water from leaky toilets can run down the grooves between floor tiles or get soaked up by a rug. You can miss the early stages of a plumbing problem this way.
• Uneven floor: Homeowners sometimes notice an uneven floor or tiles coming up around the toilet—only to find a slow leak has been happening.
• Moldy or sewer gas smells: While your bathroom may not always be pleasant smelling, an extreme odor such as sewer gas or a moldy smell may indicate a more serious issue.
Signs that your hot water heater is leaking:
• Small puddles or excess moisture near the water heater tank.
• Raised floor tiles or uneven flooring near the base of the water heater.
• Noises such as dripping water coming from the water heater.
• Lack of hot water or restricted supply.
Signs of a leaking washing machine hose:
• A musty smell in the laundry room.
• Small pools of water behind or near the washing machine.
• Rusted or lose hose connections.
• Cracked or bulging hoses.
Hidden plumbing leaks can happen, but being able to detect them in a fast and efficient manner is key. Be sure to call us to fix any plumbing leaks or if you are in need of our water damage restoration services.
Sewer & Drain Blockage Leak Repair
An obstruction in the sewer affects nearly all the plumbing fixtures in your home. And if it gets bad enough, sewer and drain blockage can lead to clogged drains and raw sewage backing up out of your drains. This is not only hazardous, but it can be very costly as well.
You should know the telltale signs of a sewer or drain clog. However, clearing a blocked sewer is usually not a job you can do yourself. It takes a plumbing professional to tackle a sewer and drain blockage leak repair.
The most common signs of a sewer drain clog are water backing up out of a basement floor drain or out of the toilet plumbing. You may also hear a gurgling sound coming from the drains. There are some things you can be aware of to troubleshoot:
• Flush your toilet. If you see water gurgling up out of your tub or shower drain when you flush, that means water is trying to leave but is being blocked by a sewer line clog.
• Use your washing machine. Does your shower drain start to overflow with water? Or does your toilet start to percolate? Again, this means water is trying to leave, but a clog is blocking it, forcing it to go elsewhere.
• Run your bathroom sink, and if your toilet water rises or bubbles up, you may have a sewer line clog.
• If you have more than one clogged drain in your house, the problem is likely in your sewer or in a branch drain line.
Tree roots are a leading cause of a clogged sewer line, especially in older homes. In newer homes, common sources of clogging include feminine hygiene products, paper towels, and baby wipes. Slow-flowing drains and gurgling noises from your toilet are the first signs that your sewer system is clogged by tree roots. A complete sewer line block can occur if you don’t take care of the issue immediately.
If you have a clogged drain and suspect that a blocked sewer drain is the cause, it’s important to stop putting water into the drains. Stop using sinks and toilets if it’s a mainline clog.
Homeowners who have access to their sewer cleanout access port (usually a short, round, white pipe with a screw-on cap located in the yard near the house), can remove the cleanout cap to release pressure and help send excess water outside instead of into the house. This should only be done on a temporary basis.
A plumbing professional can run a mainline cable, also known as a drain snake through the clog to clear it. Be aware that it takes an experienced technician to do a thorough job.
Slab Leak Detection
Any water leak in your home can become a serious plumbing issue. One potential leak that requires immediate attention is a slab leak. A slab leak happens when the water supply pipes or drainpipes that run through the concrete slab beneath your home break, crack or burst. The leak is not actually in the slab itself, but rather in the pipes encased in or underneath the concrete slab of your home.
Your plumbing could develop a leak under a slab for several reasons. Some of the most common causes are:
• Wear and tear on pipes due to friction from other nearby pipes, concrete, gravel, etc.
• Pipe corrosion
• Improperly installed or poor quality pipes, often due to poor construction
• High water pressure
• Shifting or settling slab causes a pipe to break
How do you know if you have a slab leak? There are a number of common signs to look for, which include:
• The sound of running water when all water is turned off
• A spinning water meter, even though no water is running inside or outside your home
• Cracks in your walls or flooring
• Mildew or noticeable moisture under carpets or flooring
• The smell of sewage could indicate a break in the sewer or a drain line
• A recent bug problem due to added ground moisture
• Higher-than-average water bills
Slab leak detection requires a plumbing expert and a careful, thorough detection process. With the proper equipment and modern tools. Slab leak detection services are conducted by trained technicians.
Slab Leak Repair
Once the leak has been detected under the slab, you may have a few repair options. These include:
• Re-piping – This solution is often used if there are multiple leaks, and is best for putting a permanent stop to those leaks. This option may require some invasive cutting into your floors and concrete slab in order to access the pipe leak and install brand new piping.
• Pipe re-routing – With this repair, the new pipe is run above ground. This option is ideal if only a short length of pipe needs to be replaced.
• Pipe Relining – Depending on the size of the leak, a new liner can be pushed through a broken sewer pipe to cover breaks and seal all leaks.
This is trenchless pipe repair technology and only requires access holes on either end of the pipe, as opposed to digging a trench to uncover the entire length of the buried pipe. An epoxy infused flexible sleeve is pulled through the old pipe but it cures in place to become strong, rigid pipe as smooth as new PVC pipe.
Your homeowner's policy may or may not cover the cost of a slab leak repair. It depends on your insurance company and the type of coverage you have. So check with your agent in advance.
Slab leak detection and repair requires expert advice. It is best to work with a trusted, licensed professional because the best course of action may not always be the least expensive.
Call us for an inspection.
Water Leaks Behind Walls
One of the biggest causes of wasted water in your home is a slow leak in your pipes, plumbing fixtures, and appliances, especially water leaks behind walls. Because these leaks are generally silent, they often go undetected. If left untreated, hidden plumbing leaks can lead to serious water damage in your home. But there are usually some subtle signs to help you identify these types of leaks, including:
• Mold or mildew. Mold thrives in moist, dark areas, which are typically hidden behind walls or under flooring. If a pipe springs a leak, mold can begin to grow in the area. If you see mold in unusual places where water does not usually accumulate, such as non-shower walls, you may have a leaking pipe.
• Peeling paint or wallpaper on your walls.
• A wall that is warped or stained for no apparent reason.
• A buckled, cracked or water-stained floor or ceiling, especially in your bathroom.
• A musty smell. Old, accumulated water from a leaky pipe tends to have an odor. And if it’s behind a wall, it never has a chance to dry.
If you do not see obvious signs of a water leak behind walls but suspect you have one, there is an easy way to determine just that…use your water meter. Follow these guidelines for using your water meter to find hidden plumbing leaks:
• Shut off all water-using appliances, including dishwasher, washing machine, sprinklers, etc.
• Check your water meter and record the number (this is the number of gallons used by your home)
• Wait at least 3 hours. Remember not to use any water in your home during this time.
• Check the water meter again. If the number has increased, you’ve got water leaking somewhere in your home. And if you didn’t find obvious leaks from your faucets, toilets or other water-using appliances, that means you’ve probably got a hidden leak.
Of course, this test doesn’t tell you where the water leak is located. There are several common places for water leaks to occur, including toilets, beneath your kitchen or bathroom sinks, in the bath or shower; the water heater; ice maker water supply line; and washing machine hoses. However, the best course of action for finding a water leak may be to contact a professional plumber.