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Water Leak. An Expert’s Best Advice. The Devastating Effects

Image of Jack Devetten the Professer of Plumbing talking about a water leak.

The Water Leak and Best Qualified Advice for Repairs

Have you ever had the horrifying experience when you find out that you have a plumbing water leak somewhere in your home. The amount of water lost, and damage created can be catastrophic. An experience like this sends stress levels through the roof if you do not have a plumbing company in your back pocket.

Today, Jack, The Professor of Plumbing will start with a story of Karen McLaren. A homeowner in Calgary, and her experience with a plumbing water leak emergency. He will take you through the emotions she goes through from the time she realizes she that has a problem, to when the leak has been repaired. And as a bonus, at the end of the story Jack has a 7-step guide you can follow if you have a water leak emergency in your home.

A Water Leak Shock

The day began like any other in the McLaren household. The morning sun warming up the living room as she sipped on a hot cup of coffee. However, it was not the aroma of coffee or the sound of the morning news that grabbed Karen’s attention. It was the sound of water dripping very quickly.

She followed the sound all the way to the kitchen, there she was greeted with a sight that sent shock waves through her body. Water was gushing from under the sink, forming a growing pool of water on her new floor. This was completely unexpected to say the least, and what started off as an ordinary morning turned into a panic situation in a hurry.

Worry and Anxiety

After the initial shock, her mind now changed to worry. At this point she was not sure as to the extent of the damage. Anxiety settled in quickly as she thought of the potential costs and the immediate steps needed to minimize the damage. The thoughts of ruined floors and mold setting in, was not something she wanted to deal with today.

Knowing that every minute counts, Karen’s thought’s quickly changed from worry to urgency. Finding a dependable plumber fast was now her first priority. Each passing moment meant more water and more damage to her kitchen. Frantically, she dialed phone numbers of several plumbing companies with a growing sense of impatience and frustration. But her calls were met with busy signals and voicemails.

The hunt for help was now a race against time. One that challenged her patience at every turn. Then she dialed the phone number at Ace Plumbing. A calm voice answered her call, reassuring her one of their technicians could be there in about 20 minutes. This brought Karen a sense of relief to an out-of-control situation.

Ace Plumbing to The Rescue

As her furniture was being moved and the rugs were rolled up, Karen could see how bad the damage had become. But the technician kept her calm and told her that everything was going to be alright. His expert assessment, a clear explanation of the repairs and straight forward pricing began to lower Karen’s stress, panic, and frustration levels. Offering her a sense of hope in the middle of a plumbing nightmare.

He quickly identified the location of the water leak, and the repair was underway, Karen knew she would need financing to help cover the cost of the repair, until her insurance claim went through. The technician provided detailed breakdowns of the costs, offered options for financing, and even recommended steps when dealing with insurance. This eased Karen’s stress and anxiety even more, making the financial burden seem more manageable.

The technician’s methodical approach to fixing the water leak and great communication skills, was a great comfort to her. After the repairs were completed, the technician left, her a sense of relief was obvious. Karen knew that hiring Ace Plumbing was the right move. The emergency was over, and the plumbing water leak repaired, her stress levels had melted away. Thanks to Ace Plumbing, the technician’s expertise, and amazing customer service. Although, this plumbing emergency was definitely filled with emotions, the calming nature of the technician from Ace Plumbing was amazing.

Valuable Lessons Learned

Karen learned a valuable lesson and became more aware of the plumbing system in her home. Also inspired by Ace Plumbing’s advice on regular maintenance and early detection. Now her next step was to sign up for Ace Plumbing’s Club Royale Membership. Here she will enjoy the benefits, money savings, and having the peace of mind knowing that Ace Plumbing has her back 24/7 in any plumbing emergency.

7-Step Guide to Plumbing Water Leak Detection

image of a sink tap with a water leak.

Hard to locate water leaks inside a home are a challenge because of water wasted. They also create destruction over time and in the end cost the homeowner a tremendous amout of money in repairs. This guide will provide a step-by-step process on how to find water leaks.

Conduct a Visual Plumbing Water Leak Inspection

Look around your home. Check anything connected to a water line. Search for wet patches, water puddles, or signs of drips. Also, look for water stains, or bubbled paint on walls. These are significant signs, because they confirm a water leak somewhere in the plumbing system.

Step 2: Read the Water Meter to Test for a Water Leak

Reading the water meter reveals hidden leaks within the plumbing system. First, do a visual check for water leaks inside and outside the house. Then read the water meter. Do not use any water for a few hours. Then read the water meter again. If the readings of the water pressure are not the same as before, then you have a water leak.

Step 3: Test the Water Pressure

Correct water pressure is also a very important part of your home’s plumbing system. When the water pressure is too high, the pressure will strain pipes, fixtures, and cause leaks. Use a pressure gauge to see if the water pressure stays within a specified margin of 40-70 pounds per square inch (psi). Making adjustments to the water pressure will reduce the stress on pipes, prevent leaks and extend the life of your plumbing system.

Step 4: Use Food Coloring in the Toilet Tank

A simple method to detect water leaks in toilets involves food colouring. Add several drops of food colouring to the toilet tank and wait without flushing the toilet for 30 minutes. If the colored water shows up in the bowl, this means that you have a defective flush valve seal. This is brought about by a defective flapper valve.

Step 5: Check Walls, Ceilings, and Floors for a Water Leak

A plumbing water leak will not be noticed until the damage has been done. As in step 2 signs of a hidden leak include floor discoloration, bubbling paint on walls and ceilings, wet carpets.

Step 6: Inspect the Outside Plumbing

Check for water leaks on the outside of the home. Hose bibs, outside taps, and sprinkler systems will spring a leak if a seal or washer wears out. But if left unchecked outsid water leaks will have a direct effect on the foundation the landscape around the home.

Step 7: Hire a Plumber

If a water leak is found that cannot be located or if your skill set to repair the water leak is beyond your abilities , call Ace Plumbing. Because the technicians at Ace Plumbing come equipped with up to date tools and technologies needed to find and repair plumbing leaks. They are able keep your plumbing system in top condition.


Maintenance of the home’s plumbing system is also a key factor in preventing leaks, and the damage that they cause to a home. At Ace Plumbing, keeping the home safe while protecting the environment is a priority. Finally, always remember Ace Plumbing has every customer’s back 24/7, weekends and holidays, all year round.

The City of Calgary website is another excellent resource. The website has more tips and tricks on water conservation as well as getting to know more about your plumbing system.

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