Slab Leak Detection and Repair Offered by Licensed Plumbers.
We Offer: Slab Leak Detection, Slab Leak Repair
Servicing: All of Duncanville, Cedar Hill, South Dallas and Lancaster, Texas.
If you are located in Duncanville, Cedar Hill (or close surrounding areas) and think that you’ve got a slab leak under your house, then you need a slab leak repair. This article will give you everything you need to fix it.
What is a Slab Leak?
Put simply, a slab is a heavy concrete that is set on the ground surrounded by soil, most homes and low-rise businesses have this; water, gas, and sewer pipes are often found underneath this or sometimes within the slab itself, if there’s a leak anywhere there, it’s called a “slab leak.”
The thing you have to remember is that all metals and even copper pipes corrode over time. And that a concrete slab can move because the ground can move. You’ve got all that weight, built on a slab and all that house built on top of it and all that weight can shift and move over time or aggressively aggravated by an earthquake.
A little bit of movement is, believe or not, is okay or allowed– we expect this to happen! But if you have a slab leak under it, that can cause one certain area of your house to get wet, causes that dirt to get softer and then cause that part of the house to settle and move a little bit.
The longer you don’t do a slab leak repair, the more damage and the more expensive it’s gonna get to fix.
How does slab leak repair work?
When a professional does slab leak repair, he would either start by pinpointing where the leak is, open up the floor and simply do a small repair. This is called a spot repair or pipelining, or he can do a re-route or do a sewer water test.
How does re-routing work?
Put simply, a re-route is removing the affected pipe and re-routing the water supply after which they’ll do:
How does a sewer water test (not a hydrostatic test) work?
A professional would use a test ball, to temporarily clog your two-way clean-out u-shaped pipe. They do this, to check 3 things:
Which direction has a potential problem, your house or the city tapOnce they’ve clogged your system, they’ll install a gauge in your system, to check if your water meter is still running, determine what the normal static pressure is when the meters are on, the city’s on, and your house is just setting stagnant all day longThey’ll watch your water meter for about 30 minutes while the water turned off, to check if there is a leak during this static phase
The difference between a sewer water test and the hydrostatic test; is that one is static and the latter has no water pressure. It is unnecessary to have a plumber do a hydrostatic test for a leak! Get rid of that person, A.S.A.P.–A sewer water test does not and cannot damage anything under your house
Remember, in your home, you have 2 different plumbing ( in-and-out) systems; a sewer system (out), and a water system(in). Either one of those can leak.
How much does it cost to repair a Slab Leak?
The general range if $1,500 to as high as $5,800 on a big extensive re-route however this can vary depending on a lot of factors as each location is different in terms of what would need to be done. It is first recommended to start by getting a slab leak detection test done first.
We offer slab leak repair. Our company is licensed, insured and experienced in handling repair work such as this. Give us a call today to get more details.