We recommend performing a sewer pipe assessment to ensure no leaks are occurring beneath your foundation. Sewer pipe assessments are best done during foundation repairs.
When foundations are lifted, plumbing and sewer pipes can unavoidably crack or break due to stress. Leaks may currently exist due to severe hot and dry summers or blocked sewer pipes.
Property owners typically recognize plumbing and sewer pipe leaks from higher water bills, low water pressure and water pooling in flowerbeds or other landscaping. But if the leak is undetected, your newly restored foundation will destabilize and hazardous conditions will arise. Repairs are typically expensive and damages can be severe.
Water Leak Assessment
We connect a standard water pressure test gauge to a water source in your home. The preferred testing point is at your washing machine connection box; however, it is just as accurate to attach the gauge to an outside faucet that does not have a vacuum breaker device on it.
Once the gauge is connected to the desired location, we open the valve and pressure up the gauge. We then document the pressure reading (PSI), turn off the main water source and monitor the gauge for loss of pressure. A drop in pressure indicates leakage in the water system.
If a leakage is detected, we conduct a “Potable Water Diagnostic and Isolation Test,” which requires testing of each fixture at every water source.
Main Line Sewer Cleanout
Main line sewer cleanouts are required to accurately perform any type of testing on your sewer system.
Currently, no device exists to detect sewer leaks and blocks, and a main line sewer cleanout is the only available method.
A main sewer line is typically buried two to three feet beneath the foundation, covered by dirt and surrounded by concrete beams. The line includes one or two attached pipes that are commonly placed near the perimeter of the home, such as in flowerbeds.
Testing is performed using an inflatable ball or by inserting a camera for visual inspection. If a block is detected, a sewer machine cable is used to unclog the sewer line.