No one likes leaks, but a slab leak exists in a class of its own. A slab leak occurs when pipes beneath your foundation start to leak. As you might imagine, this leads to serious issues if left unaddressed. So as soon as you suspect you have a slab leak, time is of the utmost importance.
Dealing with a slab leak is intimidating for most homeowners, which is no surprise since anything involving your foundation is a pretty big deal. Thankfully, the expert plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing® have the experience to put you at ease with our prompt and affordable slab leak repair service.
What is a Slab Leak and How to Identify It
A slab leak occurs when the pipes beneath the foundation of your home start to leak. It doesn’t matter if the leak is a deluge or a mild trickle; if it happens beneath your foundation, it’s a slab leak.
Slab leaks are caused by several different factors. Most are impossible for you to prevent, like those caused by earthquakes, age, friction against the foundation, or an improperly built foundation. Sometimes, slab leaks are caused by extremely hard or soft water, which you can influence with the help of a water softener.
You can identify a slab leak using common leak detection methods. Some typical signs of a slab leak include:
- Unusually high water bills
- Damp carpets and flooring
- Mold growth beneath your carpets
- New hot spots beneath your floor
- Unexplained running water sounds
- A sudden decrease in water pressure
How to Fix a Slab Leak
There are a few different ways to fix a slab leak, each of which works for a different scenario. The three methods are:
- Trenchless slab leak repair: This method of repair involves creating small access holes in your yard to insert lengths of epoxy pipe lining into the broken pipe. The epoxy is then cured to seal the holes. This method is a smaller scale version of the pipe relining technique used for damaged sewer lines.
- Pipe re-routing: Pipe re-routing is more invasive than trenchless repair and involves some level of demolition. To carry out this process, plumbers tear out portions of walls and floors to access the pipes beneath your home. Once they have access, they add new pipes that bypass the broken pipes. This method often takes several days because it requires plumbers to break through the slab.
- Tunneling: Tunneling is more invasive than trenchless repair but less invasive than re-routing. Plumbers use digging machines to create tunnels beneath your home and then replace or repair the affected pipes while maintaining the structural integrity of your home. This method also takes a few days because of how long it takes to dig functioning tunnels.
Slab Leak FAQs
What is the best way to fix a slab leak?
The best way to fix a slab leak will depend on the nature of the slab leak itself. However, if your goal is to do a minimally invasive repair that can be completed quickly and for a relatively low cost, you will usually want to do trenchless slab leak repair.
How serious is a slab leak?
If you catch a slab leak early, you can escape the situation without any significant damage. However, all slab leaks have the potential to become serious. If the flow rate is high enough, or the leak is left unaddressed, it can compromise the structural integrity of your foundation and severely damage your home.
Are slab leaks common?
Slab leaks are fairly common, particularly in very old homes and earthquake-prone areas.
Call Mr. Rooter for Fast and Affordable Slab Leak Repairs
A slab leak can be intimidating, but with Mr. Rooter at your side, you can rest easy. Our experienced plumbers will identify the location of the leak and use the appropriate method of slab leak repair to ensure that your home and foundation suffer as little damage as possible.
Have a leak that needs to be addressed? Call us at (855) 982-2028 to schedule a service.
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