What Is A Slab Leak?
Slab leaks are high-risk water leaks below the concrete foundation of a home or building. Since they are not clearly visible to homeowners, it’s important to be especially vigilant for them. Unrepaired slab leaks leave you open to mold damage and termite infestation.
The source of a slab leak is usually hot or cold water line leaks. There are a number things that could be causing your slab leak. Here are some factors that jeopardize the integrity of your pipe system.
- Corrosion from Concrete
- Improper Soldering
- Hard Water
- Poorly-installed Copper Piping
- Natural Corrosion or Wear and Tear
Signs of a Slab Leak
Slab leaks have several tell-tale signs. Here are a few:
- Big spikes in the cost of your water bill
- Hearing water running, even when nothing is turned on
- Standing water around your home
- Your floor is warmer than usual
- Water pressure is low
- There are cracks in your floor
How Is It Fixed?
First, call Executive Plumbing & Drain immediately if you suspect you have a slab leak. If there’s any sort of plumbing job you want professional help on, it’s this one. Left untreated, a slab leak can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage in a short amount of time. It can also leave the foundations of your home or commercial property weakened, leading to major problems in the long run. We are an on-call Temecula plumbing company ready to respond to plumbing emergencies 24/7 throughout Temecula and the Inland Empire.
Some slab leaks are simple fixes. Others are large projects that can take a few days. There are three main repair types for 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.
Re-route – 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.
Re-pipe – 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 plumbing system.
Make sure to check your insurance policy thoroughly if you’ve suffered damage from a slab leak. You may be able to file a claim for the damages.