The food service is a huge industry in the Los Angeles area. When it comes to restaurant plumbing (in particular, leak detection), we have become experts at locating leaks from drain pipes to water pipe leaks to gas leaks in walls.
Here is a job that we just completed inside of a well-known establishment, where water was coming out from the floor tiles inside of the bar area:
When it comes to locating a leak in restaurant, it’s a little different and a bit more complicated than a typical residential leak detection call. What is required is state-of-the-art equipment, such as moisture readers, sounding equipment, tracing equipment, infrared cameras, and the expertise of understanding the approach.
When faced with a restaurant leak detection, the job has to be performed on the off-hours of the restaurant, a time when no water is being used. This is vital because it can throw off the readings, create assumptions, open walls, ceilings, and flooring that all can be unnecessary and can leave a restaurant owner or manager feeling angry.
How To: Determine the Leak Location
The first step in locating a leak is determining if it is a waste line or water line, determining if it is on the hot side or cold side, or if it is an appliance or fixture. All these steps must be isolated in order to pinpoint where the source is coming from.
As you saw in the video above, using a moisture reader is always a good first step. This maps out how far the water is spreading and can provide one with some areas to start the process in locating possible drain and water lines that are inside the wall.
Knowing where all the water shut-off valves are is very important. We find that many managers of restaurants do not know where these valves, which delays the process. We find many valves behind food storage racks or large freezers, where we do not have complete access. It’s always a good idea to have full access, not only to help in the leak detection process, but if a future emergency occurs, the staff can shut down a portion of the kitchen or restaurant as opposed to the entire location losing revenue.
The same goes for sewer drain cleanouts. Make sure that they are clear from large appliances giving a plumber full access to insert his or her equipment when needed.
When it comes to restaurant leak detection costs, it can range anywhere from $250 to $1,800 here in the Los Angeles area. This will depend greatly on the location of the leak, the type of leak, accessibility, opening walls, ceilings, or other materials to gain access to plumbing.
We hoped we helped teach you a bit today about restaurant and commercial leak detection projects. Contact The Twin Home Experts office today for more information!