Slab Leaks

The Slab Leak Experts 

If left undetected or repaired, a slab leak can cause significant damage to your home. A slab leak occurs when a pipe underneath your home cracks or breaks and the water moves up through the slab into your home. Our leak-detection experts will use state-of-the-art technology to pinpoint the leaking pipe and will then recommend the best possible solution for the problem.

Our Process

Our specialists are trained to properly assess any plumbing issues

Once the problem is identified we present you solutions to choose from.

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Signs You May Have a Slab Leak 

If you see any of these signs of a slab leak, contact our experts today:

  • Damp spots on the floor or carpet
  • Warm areas on the floor
  • Mold under flooring or carpet
  • Warping baseboards
  • Unusually high water bills
  • Decreased water pressure
  • Sound of running water
  • Soggy spots in landscaping near the home’s foundation. 

Causes of Slab Leaks

A  slab leak occurs when the pipes under or inside your home’s foundation crack or break.  While they may seem small at first, slab leaks can create significant damage to your home.  Here are the most common causes of slab leaks:

Aging Pipes
If your home was built before 1980, your pipes are likely copper and connected with lead joints. And if your home was built before 1960, it likely has galvanized steel pipes, which have a lifespan of about 50 years.
Inferior Materials
Pipes aren’t meant to last forever. But when they are made of inferior materials such as low-grade copper, galvanized steel, Polybutylene and inexpensive plastic, it is just a matter of time before they fail.
Improper Construction
Sometimes pipes are improperly installed or low-quality materials are used. If pipes are kinked, bent or dented, the affected areas could cause leaks or breaks.
Outside Pressure
If your foundation moves due to an earthquake, soil erosion or underground water flow, it can cause slab leaks.
Poor Water Quality
Highly acidic or alkaline water can cause pipe corrosion, leading to slab leaks.
Abrasion
When pipes rub up against gravel, concrete, nearby pipes or other materials, the constant friction can cause them to break or crack.

Repair Options

Repair 

To get to the source of a slab leak, we might need to cut a hole in your concrete to access and repair the pipe. This is often called a direct access repair. If you are experiencing more than one slab leak a year, it is time to consider this method, a reroute, a partial or whole-home repipe. Our expert technicians will advise you about the best options available based on your specific problem.

Reroute 

Sometimes only a portion of pipe needs to be replaced or repaired. Or perhaps jackhammering floors and repairing the pipe are not cost-effective. In these cases, our technicians may be able to reroute the affected pipes through the walls, ceilings and attics. By doing this we eliminate the underground pipe. While rerouting is a faster and easier option than a full repipe, homeowners should still expect future leaks from the old, unreplaced piping. If you are experiencing more than one slab leak a year, it is time to consider a whole-home repipe.

Replace 

Sometimes we are able to correct your leaks with a partial repipe that addresses the most pressing problems. But when your home’s pipes begin to fail and leak, you can expect more leaks in the coming months and years. Finding and repairing each leak can be costly in both repair and damage caused to your home. A whole-home repipe is the most efficient and effective solution. Our expert plumbers will make recommendations based on their inspection your system and evaluation of your needs.

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