What Are Slab Leaks – And How Are They Repaired?

Builders often construct houses atop a large concrete slab foundation. Over time, these slabs and the pipes running under them can become cracked or otherwise damaged, causing leaks. It’s essential as a homeowner to understand what these leaks are and how to recognize them early. When left unattended, costly and extensive damage can result from slab leaks.

Identify A Slab Leaks

Begin by finding out how your home’s foundation was constructed—this will shed light on potential risks. If you have a slab foundation, there are a few symptoms to keep watch for if you suspect a leak.

  • Some people hear running water even when all faucets are off.
  • Cracks may develop in the floor from increased pressure.
  • Hot spots sometimes develop in the floor, resulting from leaks in hot water lines.
  • If you notice moisture or mildew forming beneath carpets, it’s a sure sign of leaking.
  • When leaks are severe, you may notice a large increase in your water bill.

If you notice any of these symptoms at your house, call your plumbing professional at McLay Services, Inc. right away. We’ll find and address the issue for you.

Tracking And Repairing Damage

Before starting on any repairs, our professionals will pinpoint the source of your slab leak. We consider the construction of your home and line placement to approximate the source of the water leak. Next, we employ electronic amplification equipment, which uses sound to identify the precise location of each leak without having to rip up large portions of the property while doing so.

There are two primary methods for repairing slab leaks, and they depend on the age of your home. In most buildings – especially older locations with an ongoing history of leaks – it’s necessary to reroute or replace the entire damaged line. Only a plumbing professional can decide how best to approach your unique circumstances but it is best to reroute your pipe for better access outside of the slab.

Important Note: It is always advised to check in with your home insurance company for compliance before beginning a project like this!

Call On Us For Slab Repair

If you have a slab leak and live in or around La Verne, San Dimas, Glendora, Claremont, or Rancho Cucamonga, McLay Services, Inc. is here to help! With our highly trained professional technicians and the best in plumbing technology, we’ll have your home back to normal quickly. Contact us today if you suspect a leak.

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