American Leak Detection Saves Valuable Water for All
“Fix-A-Leak Week” Highlights Franchise’s Mission
Palm Springs, Calif. (PRWEB) March 18, 2014
American Leak Detection has found over seven million leaks since 1974 establishing the franchise system as a leader in the world of saving water. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide,” and homeowners who fix easily corrected household water leaks can save themselves about 10 percent on their water bills. Whether the leak is in hidden plumbing, a pool, a slab foundation, sewer, commercial or municipal lines, American Leak Detection finds leaks without damaging property.
Homeowners are American Leak Detection’s primary customers, but municipalities often seek out the professional “Leak Specialists” to administer water system surveys. Between Jan. 8, 2013 and Feb. 20, 2013, American Leak Detection of East Tennessee completed a leak detection survey for the Town of Oliver Springs Water Department which maintains and distributes water to over 2,200 customers. The water distribution system has approximately 70 miles of water mains, ranging in size from two inches to ten inches. For the leak survey, 30 miles of the water distribution system were selected as the focus. The entire survey was conducted using leak detection survey devices such as American Leak Detection’s proprietary “XLT99 Leak Surveyor” and a Sewerin correlator. The system’s leaks were detected utilizing highly sensitive sonic leak detection equipment where a special microphone (accelerometer) is coupled to valves, fire hydrants, meter curb stops and any available appurtenances in the water distribution system to detect leaks. A total of 69 leaks were detected and, as of American Leak Detection’s last day on the job, the Water Department repair crews had repaired 15 of the leaks. Upon completing the survey American Leak Detection of East Tennessee’s owner, Jeff Deel, concluded, “A conservative water loss estimate for the 69 leaks detected during the survey would equal 2,980,000 gallons per month.”
Leak surveys have been popular in the Pacific Northwest as well. During the month of February, American Leak Detection of Oregon and Southwest Washington completed a five day survey for a small water district in Sheridan, Oregon. They covered 35 miles of pipe and found leaks totaling 23 gallons per minute. Shari Botermans, franchise owner, estimated once the leaks found are repaired, they could save up to one million gallons of water per month. “The district water operator was very impressed with the expertise and efficiency of our Salem technician, Dan Schaffner,” said Botermans. “He was extremely thankful for our assistance and said ‘it was the best money the District ever spent.’” American Leak Detection of Oregon and Southwest Washington’s municipal client list includes 121 different cities, water districts and associations. The office averages at least one five day survey per month and performs a multitude of one day or site specific jobs for public utilities every week. During “Fix A Leak Week” (March 17 – 21) they are working for the City of Banks doing a three day survey, and next month they will be in the City of The Dalles.
Also in the Pacific Northwest, American Leak Detection of Spokane and Tri-Cities’ owner, Patti Godwin, said they are currently working on their third municipal survey in the past year. The City of Lewiston in Lewiston, Idaho, which is known for their steadfastness in maintaining their water system, had a 25 mile survey completed during which three issues were discovered. Also a part of the Spokane territory, the City of Walla Walla had its system checked for leaks this past October unearthing 37 leaks in the 45 miles of lines surveyed. The city is fervently making strides to save water as it has already fixed all 37 leaks, and 50 more miles will be surveyed by Godwin’s team during none other than “Fix A Leak Week”.
The average household's leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year. American Leak Detection Leak Specialists point to a number of ways to identify leaks:
Signs of a slab leak:
- The sound of running water when all water is turned off.
- A hot spot on the floor could indicate a hot water line leak.
- If you observe cracks in walls or floors, it could be damage from a slab leak.
- Mildew or excessive moisture under carpets could indicate your slab is cracked and the pipes are leaking water.
- High water bills could also indicate a slab leak. Although a high water bill could indicate a water leak behind the wall, or in your pool, plumbing under the slab is also suspect.
Signs of a pool leak:
- Air bubbles in the water return lines.
- Visible cracks in the liner and/or bottom.
- Pool deck is sinking or lifting.
- Soggy spots on the ground around the pool.
- Pool loses more than regular evaporation (1/4 inch per day).
Signs of a sewer lateral leak:
- Foul sewer odor.
- Backed-up sewer line.
- Overgrown patch of grass in the yard.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a leak detection specialist, call toll-free at 866-570-LEAK. For more information about American Leak Detection, visit http://www.americanleakdetection.com.
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American Leak Detection was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Palm Springs, Calif. It is the world leader in accurate, non-destructive detection of hidden water, sewer and gas leaks in residential, commercial and municipal buildings. With 125 independently owned and operated franchises in four countries, technicians have detected more than seven million leaks, saving customers millions of dollars in costly repairs. The corporation is dedicated to water conservation, resource protection and providing eco-friendly services. For more information visit http://www.americanleakdetection.com.
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