Some of the symptoms include:
- Cracks in floors or walls
- Hot spots on the floor
- Hearing water running when no faucet is on
- High water bills
- Moisture or mildew under your carpets
Conventional leak detection often included breaking into a slab to find the leak. This is no longer an acceptable way to locate leaks. Don’t allow a contractor to destroy your property searching for leaks. You need an expert with much more technical expertise.
Locating your leak without destroying your concrete necessitates the use of modern electronic tools like pipeline locators and amplification equipment. Using this type of equipment, leaks can be located and fixed without disruption to your property. In some cases, only one tile may need removal and replacement.
Well-trained leak detection and repair technicians use non-invasive equipment to detect leaks, which will save you money and time, and avoid property damage that is not warranted.
What Are Your Repair Options?
Once the leak under your slab has been located, a repair specialist can provide you with the repair options available to you. The least destructive, most cost-effective method will be the one you should choose.
Repair options may include spot repair, where the slab is opened at the leaking spot and the pipe is repaired. This method works especially well with newer construction.
Rerouting or repiping replaces the leaking line. This method is effective for older sewage systems that have a leaky history.
In-place epoxy pipe coating is applied from inside. This method is usually used when pipes have smaller leaks that render conventional repair costs prohibitive, or if digging up the slab is inconvenient.
Water Line Repair
Most under-slab piping is copper. As these pipes age, they may wear thin and spring leaks. To repair copper pipes, the damaged portion may be cut out and removed, and new tubing soldered into its place.
Sewer Line Repair
Fixing a sewer line that leaks will require professional plumbers, due to the types of piping that are used for sewers. There are also issues related to health since the pipes contain human waste.
Depending on how old your home is, your pipe may be made from PVC, clay or cast iron. Rubber couplings have proven to be ideal for connecting various types of piping, but they are not normally used under slabs. Rubber boots tend to deteriorate as time passes, especially when used outdoors.
How Long Will a Slab Repair Take?
Slab leak repairs may take one or two days, for the plumbing work. Finishing up with patching, flooring and painting may add to the total repair time.
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