Water and sewer lines are run within the walls of your home, under the ground outside, and even beneath your concrete foundation. When the pipes underneath your foundation begin leaking, we call this a slab leak or a foundation leak. While the leak itself is easy to repair in most cases, locating and accessing the pipe is another story altogether. Once the location of the leak is determined, you will likely have to cut, chisel, and hammer your way through the concrete foundation to the pipes.
Common Signs of a Slab Leak
- The sound of water running beneath your floor
- Hot or wet areas of your floor
- Cracks in the flooring or walls
- Mildew or excessive moisture beneath carpets
- Excessive water bills
- Domes & raises in flooring
- Wet soil around the outside of your home
Detecting a Slab Leak
Breaking into your foundation before confirming the location of a leak is an unacceptable practice that could leave you with immense amounts of damage. NEVER let someone dismantle your home simply to locate a leak. Using advanced equipment with a thorough, comprehensive approach will help to pinpoint the location of a leak and allow for minimal disturbance to your home. In many cases, only a single tile will need to be removed, or two small access holes on either side of the leaking section of pipe.
There are many different ways we can approach the repair, depending on the specifics of your particular situation.
Direct Access – This is the least desirable method, and the most intrusive. By removing a section of your foundation, we can expose the leaking pipe and repair. We will always work to avoid direct access whenever possible, because it is never a good idea to jackhammer sections of your foundation.
Re-Route – This method is among the most common, and is favored by many insurance providers. A new water line is routed through the walls of your home to replace the leaking line beneath the foundation. This method can be disruptive if a long line is needed, so we will only try to use this method when the line is shorter, or if we cannot repair using epoxy restoration.
Epoxy Restoration – Epoxy restoration involves pumping an epoxy coating inside the pipe to line the inner surface and seal any holes or leaks.
If you need slab leak detection & repair in Plano, TX., please call At-Ease Plumbing. We are here to put your plumbing problems “At-Ease”. (972) 612-2170