If you suspect that your home has a slab leak, it’s important to get it diagnosed and fixed as soon as possible. Slab leaks can cause a significant amount of damage to your home’s foundation. Call C & W Plumbing today for prompt, courteous slab leak repair and detection!
Signs of a Slab Leak
Most of the signs of a slab leak are easy for a homeowner to detect. Common signs include:
- A moist, damp, or wet spot on the floor
- A warm spot on the ground, if the leak is in a hot water pipe
- Sounds of water dripping or trickling in an unexpected place
- Water coming through the foundation
- Sudden settling of the foundation
- Low water pressure
- A noticeable increase in your water bill
If you have a slab leak, you may not necessarily see all of these signs. It’s even possible for you to have a slab leak and not know it. Sometimes, the homeowner only notices a sudden spike in their water bill.
Expert Slab Leak Detection and Repair with C&W Plumbing
C&W Plumbing’s technicians are licensed plumbers, and use the latest tools and techniques to detect the location of slab leaks and fix them. Our goal is to provide affordable slab leak repair with the least amount of disruption.
How Do We Perform Slab Leak Detection?
To locate pipes, we use electromagnetic pipe detectors that pinpoint exactly where waterlines are situated in or under your foundation. Sewer cameras and location detectors are used to view not only the condition of the pipe, but also the depth and location of the visible breaks. Next, we use sound amplification equipment to amplify the noises made by intact and leaking pipes. This allows us to define the exact location of a slab leak. These methods mean we can find the source of a leak without having to use invasive methods such as breaking through floors or foundations. Then, we provide the best method for slab leak repair. Our various methods of slab leak repair include:
- Single location. We can locate an existing leak and fix it with minimal invasion through the floor, foundation, wall, or under the house. Any dirt or materials are replaced after the water flow is stopped and the area is left in the same condition as before or better.
- Replacing or rerouting the entire pipe. This is a more complex approach but prevents future problems in older homes with dated drain systems that may be corroded, cracked, bellied or generally weakened. It is also a good idea for homes that have persistent problems due to substandard products.
Only after the water loss is located will we remove any flooring or cut any concrete. When we must, we remove the minimal amount necessary to perform the work. Sometimes it does require penetration or tunneling under the foundation but this is performed only when absolutely necessary.
Need Financing Options? C&W Plumbing Has You Covered!
At C&W we offer Synchrony financing for repairs, purchases, and installations, so you can spread the cost of slab leak repair over a period of time. With approved credit, you may qualify for 18 months with no interest or you can elect longer payoff periods with a small interest charge. To learn more about our financing options, click here.
Will Insurance Cover Your Slab Leak Repair Costs?
Whether homeowner’s insurance covers the cost of a slab leak repair depends: whether or not the insurance company considers that the damage is the result of homeowner negligence or is the result of a known repair that was ignored. In the insurance company’s view, extensive damage that occurs over the long-term can be avoided if a homeowner stays up-to-date with home repairs. Insurance is more likely to cover repair costs for a slab leak that is detected and fixed quickly. If the leak has caused extensive damage over a long period of time, insurance is unlikely to pay out. Taking fast action not only saves the home from further damage, but also makes it more likely that the insurance company will not deny the claim.
Call C&W Plumbing Today for Slab Leak Detection and Repair
If your home has a slab leak—or you suspect a slab leak may be present—then you don’t have any time to waste when it comes to getting it fixed. Left alone, a slab leak can quickly turn into a very damaging and costly problem, so it’s vital to get it fixed ASAP. Call C&W Plumbing today at 972-395-2597, and we’ll send out one of our experienced, licensed plumbers to inspect your home and find out where the leak is. Once we find the leak, we can provide you with all of your repair options, costs, warranties, as well as an estimate of how long repairs will take.
Have more questions about slab leaks?
What causes a slab leak?
When a pipe leaks inside or underneath the concrete of a house’s floor or foundation, it’s called a slab leak. This kind of leak can occur in a house’s incoming water line, the hot water line from the water heater, or in the outgoing sanitary sewer line. Slab leaks can develop for several different reasons:
- A corroded water pipe— Corrosion can occur when a combination of soil composition and water chemistry causes a chemical process called electrolysis. This process can eventually cause pipes to leak.
- High water pressure— If water pressure is too high, copper pipes can wear thin and corrode over time. The risk is particularly high at points where pipes bend or change direction.
- Shifting foundations— This often occurs as a result of shifting soil, which puts stress on a home’s foundations. This stress can in turn affect the pipes. As pipes age, they become more vulnerable to the effects of foundational shifting.
- Poor materials or workmanship— If inferior plumbing materials are used or pipes are improperly installed, a minor defect may develop into a slab leak over time.
- Rocks sitting next to a water line — If a rock is touching a water line buried in the ground and the pipe expands and contracts
What kind of damage can a slab leak cause?
If a slab leak is not fixed promptly, you run the risk of widespread damage that is costly and disruptive when repaired. When a slab leak develops, water begins to accumulate underneath a home’s foundation or floor. Types of damage can include:
- Cracked foundations and floors
- Major structural displacement that can affect walls and roofs
- Mold and mildew growth
- Wood rot
- Soil erosion
When a slab leak develops, it’s never a good idea to leave it alone and hope that it resolves itself. It’s always important to fix the problem as soon as possible to minimize damage.
How much time does it take to fix a slab leak?
The amount of time needed to repair a slab leak can vary depending on the extent of the damage and method of repair. A spot repair through the floor can usually be done in one day while tunneling may involve several days. In almost all cases a city inspection will be required once the repair is performed and after the inspector signs off on the repair the excavated area will be have the dirt and concrete filled back in.
How long will slab Leak repairs last?
With good materials and workmanship, replacement pipes last for decades. It’s important to keep in mind, however, the cause of the leak and take steps to minimize the risk of further leaks.
How much does slab leak repair cost?
The cost of slab leak repair varies greatly depending on factors such as:
- The location of the leak
- The number of leaks involved
- How easy it is to access the leak
- Whether pipes can be patched or need replacing
- Whether water pipes need to be rerouted to solve the problem
Do you need a plumber to repair a slab leak?
If you don’t have extensive plumbing experience, it’s definitely a good idea to hire a plumber to fix a slab leak. Even if you plan to do the repairs yourself, it is still worthwhile to hire a technician or plumber to locate the leak for you. Leaks that are in the home’s foundation beams may require either routing around the beam or chipping through it to do the repair. In homes with post-tension cables, chipping of the beam can be dangerous as the cables remain under constant pressure.