Northwest NEWS

March 1, 1999

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Area businesses take part in the Seattle Home Show


Technician John Lynn points to a leak in a water line.

by Bronwyn Burns-Wilson

   The Seattle Home Show runs through March 7 in the Kingdome and Pavilion. This year will mark the 55th anniversary of the oldest and largest consumer-oriented home show in the nation, and is expected to attract more than 150,000 visitors.

   Featured will be more than 50 model kitchen, cabinet, and bath displays and several tourable model homes. The do-it-yourselfer will find traditonal and innovative building products for every need. Visitors looking forward to spring will enjoy over 60,000 square feet of landscaping, gardening, and outdoor living product displays.

   For decorators, collectors, and browsers, the 100 level of the Kingdome will be filled with arts and crafts, household products, and home accessories. Nearly 600 exhibitors will fill over 300,000 square feet of exhibit space.

   One of those exhibitors is from the Snoqualmie Valley.

   In the Pacific Northwest, "raindrops fallin' on our heads" seems almost as common as tall, skinny lattés served on street corners. But when the raindrops fall indoors--drip, drip, sploop--you may need to call the American Leak Detection.

   This family business in Fall City specializes in finding the origin of leaks when water drips from your ceiling, window, heating vent, wherever. Rather than fix the problem, the leak detection technician provides a report on what needs to be done.

   "We are licensed plumbers, but do very few repairs," explains Curtis Lynn, one of the company's four owners.

   The company uses sonar listening devices to seek out leaks in plumbing, pools, spas, windows or doors. Leaks can also be traced to lines under ground, cement, asphalt, and concrete slabs, as well as within walls. "We always find our leaks--usually we get within two feet of the leak," Lynn says.

   Due to the extreme rain conditions unleashed on Western Washington this winter, the company is currently swamped through the latter part of March with customers needing structural leak detection services. Though there are many reasons a home can have leaks, much of the time it's caused by rain blowing in. But sometimes, Lynn says, "the leaks are caused by shoddy workmanship."

   Some homes are constructed during a wet period, then sealed with polyethylene, and the house is rotting. On other occasions, people forget their homes need ventilation and keep all their windows closed. Mold is growing and they think they have a leak somewhere, but what they need is an open window.

   After retiring as a University of California Extension Advisor, Lynn did some research regarding his next venture. He had a longtime interest in water conservation and efficient water use. The leak detection business fit with his concern that too much water is wasted in our world. His business has now been in operation for six years and is one of 300 locations worldwide. He works with two of his sons, another partner, and his daughter-in-law, who manages the office.

   Lynn will be available for demonstrations of his work at the Home Show. He plans to show visitors to his exhibit how leaks are discovered in peculiar places. He'll demonstrate how holes get into copper, steel, and plastic pipes. He'll also display the sophisticated electronic equipment used to solve any concealed leak problem.

   "It's a good way to let the public know who we are and what we do," Lynn says.

   If there's a "drip, drip, sploop" somewhere in your house and you have no idea where it's coming from and it's driving you to the brink of insanity, give Curtis Lynn a call at his toll free number, 1-888-747-7118. His services can prevent property damage, reduce water bills, control sewer odor problems, and locate concealed pipes for construction or remodeling.

   Around here, lattés may be forever, but leaks don't have to be.