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Ever wondered if there’s a hidden water leak in your home? Where does that water go, and how can you ensure it's not causing damage behind your walls or beneath your floors? With Sunset's water leak detection services, these questions can be answered. At Sunset, we offer state-of-the-art water leak detection services to help you maintain a safe and dry home environment.

Invisible plumbing leaks within your plumbing system can lead to severe problems, including water damage, mold growth, and structural issues. Our advanced leak detection technology allows us to identify and diagnose these hidden problems accurately. Sunset has been offering top-quality home services in the Portland area since 1922, and our commitment to excellence ensures your home remains in the best condition possible.

We’re staffed by the most experienced and qualified plumbers in the area that offer premium electrical service. We ensure 100% satisfaction with every project.

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When you schedule a water leak detection session with Sunset Heating & Cooling, you can expect a thorough and professional service. Here’s what the process typically involves:

  1. Initial Consultation: A technician will discuss any signs or symptoms you’ve noticed and conduct an initial assessment of your home.
  2. Comprehensive Inspection: Using advanced detection methods, the technician will perform a detailed inspection to locate the plumbing leak. This may involve checking multiple areas of your home, including walls, floors, ceilings, and outdoor spaces.
  3. Accurate Diagnosis: Once the leak is detected, the technician will provide a precise diagnosis, explaining the cause and extent of the problem.
  4. Repair Recommendations: Based on the diagnosis, the technician will recommend the most effective repair options to fix the leak and prevent future issues.
  5. Detailed Report: You will receive a detailed report outlining the findings, recommended repairs, and an estimate of the costs involved.
  6. Follow-Up: After the repair, Sunset will follow up to ensure that the issue has been resolved and that you are satisfied with the service.

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    Water Leak Detection Methods

    Sunset Heating & Cooling employs various advanced techniques to accurately detect water leaks in your home, with a primary focus on acoustic leak detection and video pipe inspection methods.

    Acoustic Leak Detection: This method uses sound-based technology to locate leaks in pressurized systems. Acoustic sensors are placed outside pipes to detect the distinct sound created by leaks, allowing technicians to pinpoint the exact location. This method is particularly effective in environments with minimal background noise, making it easier and more efficient to find even small leaks.

    Video Pipe Inspection: This method involves the use of a high-resolution video camera connected to a flexible fiber optic scope to inspect the inside of pipes. The durable, waterproof camera moves through the sewer line, water main, water lines, or other pipes, transmitting a live video feed to technicians above ground. This allows them to assess the pipe’s condition and detect hidden leaks accurately. Additionally, the inspection tool is equipped with a transmitter that enables technicians to locate and mark the exact point of leakage for repair work.

    Other methods include:

    Thermal Imaging – a non-invasive technique that detects subtle temperature changes caused by water, helping professionals identify leaks and assess moisture damage.

    Ultrasonic Leak Detection – which uses sophisticated microphones to capture the noise created when water escapes from a pressurized pipe, transforming these sounds into visible signals or decibel readings to locate leaks.

    Drone Imaging – leverages unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to scan large areas quickly from above, detecting temperature changes indicative of leaks, even in hazardous or hard-to-reach locations.

    LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) – technology creates high-resolution maps by measuring laser pulse reflections, providing precise detection of water damage or structural changes caused by leaks.

    Sunset Heating & Cooling’s expertise and professional leak detection technologies ensure that any water leaks in your home are accurately identified and addressed promptly, helping you avoid extensive damage and costly repairs.

    Signs of a Water Leak

    Identifying a water leak early can save you from extensive damage and expensive repairs. Here are some telltale signs that you might have a water leak in your home:

    • Damp or Discolored Walls, Ceilings, or Floors: Moisture stains, bubbling paint, or warping in these areas often signal a hidden leak.
    • Mold or Mildew: Persistent dampness from a leak can lead to mold or mildew growth, which not only damages your home but can also affect your health.
    • Musty Odors: A musty smell in your home can indicate stagnant water from a leak.
    • Sound of Running Water: Hearing water running when all fixtures are turned off suggests a leak somewhere in the plumbing system.
    • Low Water Pressure: A significant drop in water pressure can be a sign that water is leaking from your pipes.
    • Increased Water Bills: A sudden spike in your water bill without an increase in water usage is a strong indicator of a leak.

    Top Common Causes of Water Leaks

    Understanding the common causes of hidden water leaks can help you take preventative measures to protect your home. Here are some of the most frequent culprits:

    Aging Pipes: Over time, pipes can corrode, rust, and develop cracks, leading to leaks. As pipes age, they become more susceptible to damage from internal and external factors. Regular inspections and timely replacements can help prevent leaks caused by aging infrastructure.

    High Water Pressure: Excessive water pressure can stress pipes and cause them to burst or leak. Constant high pressure puts a strain on your plumbing system, weakening joints and seals. Installing a pressure regulator can help maintain safe water pressure levels and protect your pipes.

    Tree Roots: Tree roots can invade and damage underground pipes, leading to leaks. Roots naturally seek out water sources and can infiltrate even the smallest cracks in pipes. Regularly inspecting and maintaining your sewer lines can help prevent root intrusion and costly repairs.

    Temperature Changes: Extreme temperature fluctuations can cause pipes to expand and contract, resulting in cracks and leaks. Sudden changes from hot to cold can weaken the pipe material over time. Insulating your pipes and maintaining a consistent indoor temperature can help mitigate this risk.

    Faulty Plumbing Fixtures: Worn-out or improperly installed fixtures, such as faucets, toilets, and showerheads, can cause leaks. Over time, seals and connections can degrade, leading to drips and water waste. Regularly checking and maintaining fixtures can prevent leaks and prolong their lifespan.

    Clogged Drains: Blocked drains can lead to pressure build-up and eventually cause pipes to burst. Accumulations of debris, grease, and other materials can obstruct water flow. Using drain screens and regular cleaning can help keep your drains clear and reduce the risk of leaks.

    Foundation Shifts: Shifts in your home’s foundation can cause pipes to crack and leak. Ground movements, settling, or construction work can disrupt the alignment of pipes, leading to damage. Monitoring your home’s foundation and addressing any shifts promptly can help protect your plumbing system.

    Poor Installation Practices: Pipes and plumbing fixtures that are not installed correctly can be prone to leaks. Poor soldering, incorrect pipe sizes, and improper sealing can all lead to weak points in the system. Ensuring that a qualified professional installs your plumbing can prevent future issues.

    By understanding these common causes of water leaks, you can take proactive steps to protect your home from potential damage. Regular maintenance and early detection are key to preventing leaks from aging pipes, high water pressure, invasive tree roots, temperature changes, faulty plumbing fixtures, and clogged drains. Keeping an eye on these potential issues can help you maintain a safe, leak-free home.


    Maintenance Plans

    Regular maintenance is crucial to keeping your HVAC systems working efficiently and safely. When you sign up for our Sunset Service Plan, not only do you get an annual inspection and tune-up of your system, but you also have the added benefit of working with a team that knows your unit’s repair and maintenance history.

    • Visual Ductwork Inspection: ($79 Value)
    • Your Plan is transferable if you move to another home in the Portland area or given to buyer of home you are selling
    • 15% off any additional services or repairs
    • Peace of mind knowing that your HVAC system is in good hands.
    • Indoor Air Quality Evaluation: ($79 Value)
    • Plans start at as little as $16.50/ month for one unit.
    • Priority scheduling for any service
    • High Performance Tune-up.
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    Contact Us for Top-Notch Water Leak Detection Services in Portland, OR

    Sunset Heating & Cooling has been offering top-quality home services in the Portland area since 1922. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing reliable and efficient water leak detection services to keep your home safe and dry. If you suspect a water leak in your home or want to take preventative measures, don’t hesitate to contact us.


    We understand the stress and potential damage that water leaks can cause, which is why we utilize the latest technology and techniques to detect and address leaks promptly. Our commitment to customer satisfaction means you can trust us to handle your water leak concerns with the utmost care and professionalism.


    For more information or to schedule a water leak detection session, call Sunset Heating & Cooling today. A friendly leak detection specialist is ready to assist you and ensure your home remains in excellent condition. Don’t wait for a small leak to turn into a big problem – let Sunset Heating & Cooling provide you with peace of mind and top-notch service.

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    Are you looking for quality heating and air cooling services in the Portland area? Sunset Heating & Cooling has been a trusted name in the HVAC industry for decades! If you’re looking for a reputable AC and heating company that provides professional work and exceptional customer service for a fair price, you’ll find it here!

    When you need heating and air conditioning services in Portland, OR, you can always count on Sunset Heating & Cooling

    What Our Clients Say

    Ryan from Sunset Heating & Cooling was friendly, efficient, helpful and so pleasant to have in our home. A great company and wonderful service.

    - Kathi P.

    Jeremy was prompt and friendly. He did a great job of servicing our ac and explaining what he did. Great customer service!

    - Jennifer M.

    Jeremy was knowledgeable, personable, and took the time to explain things. Highly recommend his service.

    - Scott B.

    Many thanks for a great job of diagnosing, explaining and fixing our problem. We are very appreciative and will be happy to tell others.

    - Greg G.

    The Sunset team who sold and installed a new furnace and AC unit in my condominium were wonderful. They were knowledgeable, professional, thorough, respectful and friendly. They went the extra mile to be sure other residents were not impacted and I was happy. They took special care to leave no trace of their being here, except for new and vastly improved heating and cooling system.

    - Kaki B.

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