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How to Fix a Slab Leak
How to Fix a Slab Leak
Apr 20,2023

How to Fix a Slab Leak

Did you know 63% of new construction homes have a slab foundation? This increases the risk of slab leaks and prompts immediate action. Unlike toilet or kitchen sink leaks, a slab leak is not always detected in time, and homeowners must familiarize themselves with the telltale signs. Slab leaks can occur in the concrete foundation of your commercial or residential building, causing expensive damages if you don’t call a plumber to rectify the situation. Rooter Man has an experienced and well-equipped team specializing in slab leak repair.

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If you suspect a leak in your building’s slab foundation, the first thing is to call a specialist. We can dispatch a professional plumber to your premises to diagnose the problem and pinpoint the leak. Our experts leverage modern leak detection equipment, such as line-tracing and electronic listening equipment. Once we have identified the leak’s location, here are viable slab leak repair options.

Trenchless Slab Leak Repair

This technique employs modern trenchless technology to minimize demolition during repairs. Unlike traditional repair techniques, you don’t have to worry about property damage trying to locate the leak. The plumber only requires creating access holes to perform slab leak repair, as it is a non-invasive method. Since there’s minimal destruction, trenchless slab leak repair is less costly than traditional methods to address slab leaks.

A camera inspection is mandatory to determine the extent of damage and whether trenchless slab leak repair is viable. The plumber will clean the pipe and use epoxy liners to seal the broken pipe. The process only takes a few hours, saving you money and time that could have been wasted with traditional repair solutions.

Pipe Re-Routing or re-Piping

If multiple pipes leak, the qualified plumber may opt for re-piping, which entails replacing damaged lines with new ones to create a leak-free plumbing system. Re-routing is another viable solution in such situations and requires demolition to replace damaged lines in the floor and walls. However, the severity of the damage will determine which technique to use since re-routing is mostly recommended for replacing a few pipes.

Both methods may take several days, depending on the efficiency of the plumber and the amount of work needed. Since re-routing and re-piping involve breaking through the slab, you may have to leave your home until repairs are completed.

Tunneling Under the Slab

Tunneling is the ideal slab leak repair method if you want to salvage your expensive flooring. The plumber will keep the mess out of your home, allowing you to stay during repairs. This method involves digging tunnels beneath your home while ensuring the structural integrity is unaffected. After repairs, all the soil that was removed will be returned.

Slab leak repair can last a few hours to three days, depending on your preferred technique. Contact us at Rooter Man for professional leak detection and repair services, eliminating guesswork and uncertainty usually associated with traditional alternatives. Schedule a consultation today and enjoy top-notch leak repair services at competitive rates.

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