Many homeowners are concerned about water-damaged wood floors. If the water source isn’t correctly identified and repaired, damage can worsen over time. Or worse yet, a newly-replaced wood floor could suffer the same damage when the issue has not been properly diagnosed. “Nothing is more valuable to the client than the knowledge and experience of the consultant,” says the owner Mike Williams. “Underslab plumbing leaks may damage wood floors, but it is the relatively rare exception and not the rule.”
A hydrostatic test of an underslab sanitary system determines whether or not “testing leaks” exist on the piping. Determining the leak(s) location and whether or not the leak(s) allow drainage to escape the piping under normal service conditions requires additional tests commonly referred to as isolation testing and flow testing. Pinpointing and quantifying leaks involves obtaining facts. Recommending repairs and repair methods involves opinions which are based on perspectives and experiences. “Not every leak pinpointed and quantified on the sanitary piping under a foundation requires repair any more than every crack in brick or sheetrock indicates the need for foundation repair,” says master plumber and structural engineer Mike Williams.
Another service provided by Vortex to homeowners and contractors is locating a building’s cleanout or sewer line. Vortex uses sewer cameras and electronic locating equipment to quickly and accurately locate buried piping. Unlike some of the competition, we use sewer cameras as diagnostic tools not as sales tools
Vortex has provided the highest quality leak detection and investigative plumbing services to our clients since 1994. We have succeeded by listening to our customers. We can’t promise to provide all the answers. What we can do is to be sure that our clients are asking the right questions. Contact Vortex and get a second opinion first.
“Nothing is more valuable to the client than the knowledge and experience of the consultant. Underslab plumbing leaks may damage wood floors, but it is the relatively rare exception and not the rule.”Mike Williams, P.E.