At Daniels Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC our professionals use the latest technology to locate any potential leaks hidden under the concrete slab of your property. If you begin to hear sounds of rushing water when none of your plumbing fixtures are in use, turn them on to find a drop in pressure, notice that your water is a different color or has taken on an unpleasant odor, get in touch with our professionals right away. We will come out and evaluate your situation, check your slab for possible leaks, and advise the best possible method of repair backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee.
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What is a slab leak?
A slab is a portion of concrete normally used as a foundation or basement floor. Often, pipes are run beneath or within the floor as a way to conceal them. Unfortunately, the copper lines below the floor can develop what is known as pinhole leaks. We refer to this condition as a slab or foundation leaks. Our professionals are able to detect the leaks by way of a visual or video camera inspection or checking the water meter to see if it is recording excess water usage. We may also perform a test that determines if the line has lost pressure as a result of a leak.
What causes them?
Over the years we have found there are a number of contributors to slab leaks. It could be the unavoidable chemical reaction of elements in the water as they come into contact with your copper piping. In some cases, home improvement efforts could puncture a pipe, whether from a nail or another accidental disruption. It is also possible for natural earth movement, soil quality, or defective installation to be a source of the problem. Natural pitting and corrosion has been associated with the reduction of natural organic minerals (NOM) previously allowed in our water sources.
What are some common signs that you have a leak?
Some signs of slab leaks are more obvious than others, such as the presence of water around baseboards, on carpets or floors, in planters located near the property, and possibly beneath the water heater even though the drip pan is dry. If this is the case, the water bill is likely to be climbing higher despite no sudden changes in usage. You may also detect hot spots on the floor or hear running water even when none of your faucets or appliances are in use.
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How do professionals solve the problem?
Thankfully, the resolution for slab leaks has improved since the direct access option, which calls for taking a jackhammer to the concrete. Advanced technology has allowed us other restoration processes that are not so disruptive. We can look at rerouting the pipeline by running a new water line through walls or in the ceiling to bypass the problem beneath the floor. There is still another option called Epoxy Restoration that is similar to poured in place pipe (PIPP). This is a process of rehabilitating the existing line through only two small access points. It saves greatly over the expense of other methods and will last for a very long time.