Lexington Plumbing

Leak Detection


Lexington Plumbing uses state-of-the-art technology that accurately detects leaks without damaging property. Learn about our many different leak detection services below. Use the buttons to jump to a section.

The Benefits of Leak Detection

• Saves time by replacing the trial and error method
• Lower costs by minimizing amount of digging
• Accurate and precise leak detection
• Less damage to property or landscaping

Pools & Fountains Leak Detection

Winterization of pool equipment and fountains is key in avoiding breaks and freezing piping. The lines are not designed to just pull a plug and drain all the water out of the lines. Compressed air needs to be utilized to properly blow the water out of all the lines. It is important to protect all pumps and pool heaters from any standing water for the cold winters.

Pools and fountains leak detection must be accurate to limit the associated damage to landscaping, patch back of concrete, and minimize damage to the pool or fountain. Lexington Plumbing has multiple pieces of equipment that are state of the art to locate leaks. Using this equipment along with trained technicians who understand piping systems, Lexington Plumbing will find the leak and get it repaired.

Pool and Fountain Leak Repair

The piping associated with pools and fountains can be challenging to investigate as the small diameter pipe size and the tight bend fittings are not designed for regular cameras to go down and investigate. Micro cameras, dye testing, and sonar leak detection are utilized to locate the area of the leak to overcome those obstacles. Sonar leak detection consists of floating a small microphone through the line to listen and locate the leak from inside the piping. This precision method minimizes the repair area and eliminates guesswork.


Does Lexington Plumbing Winterize and De-Winterize Pools and Fountains?
Yes, we have many contracts with multiple municipalities and large commercial customers for winterizing all equipment and piping in the Fall and returning in the Spring to fill lines and test the plumbing and heaters.

We have had multiple pool companies out, and none of them kind find our leak!
It takes a lot of very specialized and expensive equipment, plus a technician with years of training to find a leak accurately. Lexington Plumbing is one of the few local companies that have these resources and are sub contracted by most pool companies to locate leaks.

So, we found the leak, now what?
Lexington Plumbing can make any and all underground repairs. Once the leak is found we can provide the scope and budget for repairing the line. We are competitive because all work is performed in house, including concrete and asphalt patch back.

Storm & Sanitary Sewers

Lexington Plumbing locates and repairs more storm and sanitary sewer lines than any other contractor in the Kansas City metro area. In recent years many utility contractors have decided to bury more electrical, fiber optics and gas services. This process is typically completed with a boring rig. Lexington has found that many sanitary and storm leaks are caused by this process and often not properly diagnosed. Lexington works closely with all local municipalities and utility contractors in the area and can properly diagnose these leaks/breaks the first time. Lexington employs highly trained technicians that are not only leak detection specialists, but skilled plumbers as well.

Lexington uses a variety of leak detection equipment, including multiple cameras, trailer jetters, nontoxic smoke testing machines, sewer cables and other high tech locating/leak detection equipment. Lexington Plumbing can find a break in any sewer line and locate it accurately.  From multiple sizes and various piping materials, Lexington Plumbing can locate the break and budget the repair accurately.

Many times these breaks are not realized, but can cause foundation damage, sink holes, parking lot damage and hollow floors.


My Sewer is backed up.  How do I tell if it is a clog or a break?
Once the line has been opened, a camera investigation can show if there are any obstructions, leaks or breaks. If the line is not able to be cleared or is still full of water, Lexington can use a device that attaches to a sewer machine and locate the break or obstruction to pinpoint the location.

Every time it rains, water shoots out of a drain in the parking lot. What does that mean? 
The underground storm sewer could be obstructed or broken.  This can cause all kinds of damage inside and outside a building.  A camera investigation can help determine the cause.

So, we found the break, now what?
Lexington Plumbing can locate, excavate and repair any sewer break or collapse. All of Lexington Plumbing’s leak detection and excavation equipment is owned and operated by Lexington Plumbing.  This translates to faster response time, turnkey projects and ultimately fewer headaches for the customer.   See more on the Excavation Page

Vacuum Excavation

Lexington Plumbing owns and operates our own vacuum excavator. Vacuum excavation is the only non-destructive and safe excavation method available. A vacuum excavator utilizes suction and water for hydro excavation. Since vacuum excavation is non-mechanical the potential to damage utilities is significantly reduced.

Vacuum excavators are used when excavations need to be made in a Right Of Way to safely uncover and excavate around utilities. Vacuum excavators are also utilized to minimize landscape damage or to excavate in tight quarters where it isn’t feasible to utilize an excavator.

Vacuum excavators are also used in deep and critical excavations. Sometimes City mains in the street can be up to 20’ deep. When having to expose those utilities to repair connections on the main special precautions need to be made. Engineered trench boxes are utilized and slowly lowered by removing the earth below the boxes to depth. The tight quarters and traffic hazards of the street pose safety issues and restrict the area you can safely excavate with excavators. Vacuum excavate minimize the area needed to excavate and reduce costs of street patch back.

One of the many benefits with Lexington Plumbing, is that we own and operate all our own equipment and self-perform all work.  That includes all our vac excavators, excavators, dump trucks, concrete equipment, asphalt equipment, and specialty tools to repair any item related to the plumbing repair. This keeps the cost lower for the customer. This also minimizes the disruption and the time frame of the total project.


Why use a vac excavator?
Vacuum excavators are used to spot check and uncover utilities without causing damage, excavate in troublesome areas, and increase safety while maintaining efficiency.

How do I know if will be fixed right? 
Lexington Plumbing has a long-standing history with all municipalities in the metro area. All our technicians are trained in all current code requirements. Lexington Plumbing takes price stands behind all our work, knowing that it is done right the first time.

Isn’t this work dangerous?
Yes, excavations can be dangerous. This work should not be done be an unqualified person. All Lexington Plumbing’s employees have been extensively trained in trench safety, pedestrian safety, traffic control, and specific training to all equipment used. Safety is the number one concern at Lexington Plumbing for our employees and our customers.

Water Mains & Correlation

Lexington Plumbing Locates and Repairs more Copper and Ductile Iron Water Mains than any other contractor in the KC Metro Area. With Fire and Water Mains, leaks can come fast and be very disruptive. Lexington Plumbing shines in rapid response to locate and repair. The turn-key process from Leak Detection, to Excavation and Repair, to Permits and Inspections, to Patch back of Concrete and Asphalt are all handled in-house. This lowers the costs and stress for the customer and end users.

Lexington Plumbing manages the permitting and inspection process, traffic control if needed, and can navigate all of the municipalities’ requirements. Each municipality has different requirements and procedures that Lexington Plumbing navigates daily.

Correlation Equipment uses high frequencies between two devices that then send the messages to the main computer. With this equipment communicating back and forth the leak is pinpointed. Having this Correlation Equipment and Trained Technicians available, Lexington Plumbing sets itself apart from the competition.


The City has sent me Notice that I have a leak. What do I do now?  The City can gauge your average usage and when this usage spikes, they know you have a leak. Lexington Plumbing can pin point where the leak is located, and then come up with a game plan to make the repair.

My Water Bill has tripled. Does that mean I have a leak?
A High Water Bill is a good indicator that you have a leak. Lexington Plumbing is happy to meet on site, survey conditions, provide budgets, or start the repair.

So, we found the leak, now what?
Lexington Plumbing can make any and all underground repairs. We are competitive because all work is performed in house, including concrete and asphalt patch back. We are safe when we work underground, which is also a major concern.

The City has sent me a letter requiring Code Upgrades to my system.
Lexington Plumbing can help navigate what is required working with the city. These upgrades can then be budgeted for the customer.

Utility Locates

A big part of Leak Detection and Excavation Projects is Utility Locates. While Public Utilities are located free of charge, there are many Private Utilities that still need locating.

Lexington Plumbing’s combination of high-tech equipment and trained personnel, make locating private utilities easy. Underground gas lines, water lines, electrical lines, chilled water lines, utility chases can all be located and marked to ensure a safe excavation.

The equipment transmits a signal through the underground lines. Then the signal is located and the utilities are marked.

Lexington Plumbing can find sensitive utilities by use of our vacuum excavator to verify and confirm exact location and depth of any type of utility line.


I think there is a gas line there, but I don’t know. Should I get it located?
Yes! Breaking an underground gas line can be a disaster. Always error on the side of safety and get it located.

What if the underground utilities are inside of a building?
No Problem! The equipment works inside or outside.

Who is responsible for locating private utilities?
Most utility companies will not locate private utility lines so the responsibility is on the owner.

Specialty Leak Detection

Lexington Plumbing investigates more than just underground water lines.  There are a variety of piping systems underground that leak and need location.

A Few Examples:

  • Underground Natural Gas Lines
  • Underground Chilled Water Lines and Hot Water Lines
  • Lawn Irrigation
  • Industrial and Medical Gases

Specialty Leak Detection Kansas City


My Gas Bill is high, but I don’t smell any gas.  Could there still be a leak?
Yes.  Underground gas leaks can dissipate into the soil and rooftop leaks to the atmosphere thus rendering them undetectable by smell alone.  We can isolate and pressure test these lines to locate and repair any leaks.

My water bill has increased, we pressure tested the Domestic Water System and it held. Do I still have a leak?
Domestic Water Systems are used for feed water to all Chilled Water, Heating Hot Water and Irrigation Systems. We can isolate and individually test these systems to locate and repair any leaks.

I see water surfacing outside in my grass and or parking lot. Do I have a leak?
Water surfacing doesn’t always mean there is a leak in a piping system. There is a possibility it could be ground water surfacing. Thru a series of Chlorine and Isolation Testing we can identify the source of the water and put a plan together to address it.

My Industrial / Medical Gas Piping runs underground. Could they leak or break like a Water Line?
Absolutely, and most being odorless poses an even greater health and safety hazard. We can locate all Metallic and Non Metallic with Tracer Wire Lines, test / repair them, and document their location so you know where your piping lies for future reference.