What Is A Slab Leak?

Slab leaks are high-risk water leaks below the concrete foundation of a home or building. The source of a slab leak is usually from a hot or cold water line. Leaks may be small drips or large holes in a water line caused by degraded pipe material. – Obvious signs of a slab leak are water puddles seeping atop the slab or flooring, hot floor, hardwood floor buckling or warping, and uncharacteristically high water bills.


Your Slab Leak could be caused by any number of factors that jeopardize the integrity of your pipe system.

  • Corrosion from Concrete
  • Improper Soldering
  • Hard Water
  • Poorly Installed Copper Installation
  • Natural Corrosion or Wear and Tear

How Is It Fixed?

First, call Executive Plumbing & Drain immediately if you suspect you have a slab leak. Left untreated, a slab leak can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage in a short amount of time. We are on call and ready to respond 24/7 throughout Inland Empire.

Some slab leaks are simple fixes and others are large projects that can take a few days. There are 3 main repair types for most slab leaks:

Slab Penetration – Concrete penetration is made using industrial pickaxes or a jackhammer in order to access the leaky pipe. Floor coverings like hardwood, carpet, tile, linoleum or laminate is removed first and may need to be replaced with new material after your pipe is sealed.

Reroute –  The bad pipe is removed and replaced, sometimes long sections are replaced which is called re-routing. Re-routing is usually the preferred method of repair when there is significant damage to multiple areas of the piping system.

Repipe –  Re-piping is a process of replacing the supply pipes in a dwelling or business. It is not a temporary fix or a replacement of short sections of pipe, but a complete replacement of your supply plumbing system.