Understanding the Slab Leak Detection & Repair Process PlumbingSlab Leaks
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Understanding the Slab Leak Detection & Repair Process

slab leak detectionSome plumbing leaks are easily detectable nuisance that involves a simple fix. But others, like slab leaks, are harder to detect and demand expert professional plumbing repair. Although slab leak detection can be tricky, there are some telltale signs that something may be wrong and needs to be investigated. If you notice a sudden increase in your water bill, signs of mold and mildew, discolored drywall, discolored flooring, foundation cracks, musty smells, the sound of water running, or a wet/spongy feeling in your carpeting, it could be the result of a slab leak. 

Detecting a slab leak can be tricky and an inexperienced plumber without adequate knowledge and sophisticated tools can wind up causing quite a bit of damage in the process of leak detection and repair. Digital water leak detection is a sophisticated modern technology that works by using an amplifier to hear sounds typically associated with a leak. This enables your plumber to more accurately pinpoint the location of leaks, minimizing digs and damage associated with detection and repair. 

Once the source of the leak has been detected, your plumber has two options for repair. One or both options may be covered by your insurance depending on your policy and the cause of the leak.

Slab Leak Repair Options:

  • Demo & Patch
    • One option is to demo the concrete at the source of the slab leak, patch the pipe, and repair the area. The trouble is that this option is not always a long-term solution as the pipe may develop more leaks and the damage caused to your flooring may necessitate flooring replacements and other cosmetic repairs. 
  • Reroute & Bypass Plumbing
    • With this option, your plumber will reroute a new line through your walls, attic, or open ceilings, depending on your home and preferences. This option bypasses the old pipe and only results in minor drywall repairs.