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Slab Leak Detection

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What is a Slab Leak?


The majority of the homes in the South Plains area are of “slab construction”. This means that the house is built on a slab of concrete sitting directly on the ground. The plumbing system is typically of copper piping running under this concrete slab. Although copper piping is considered a top quality material, it can begin to leak. When it does it is referred to as a “slab leak”.

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How do I know I have a Slab Leak?


An Excessive Water Bill


Keep track of your usage from month to month and year to year. A noticeable change could be a sign of a leak.

 

The sound of water running


Have you ever noticed that when you are in one part of the house and someone is using water in another part of the house, you can sometimes hear the sound of water running through the pipes? Well, if you hear that sound, yet know that there is no one using any water, it could be the sign of a leak.

Movement at the water meter


To check your water meter:

  • Lift the faceplate and note the position of the indicators.
  • Return several hours later and if the indicators have moved, yet you know that no water has been used, it could be the sign of a leak.

Hotspots on the floor


  • If you are walking across a hard floor (tile, wood, vinyl, etc.) and suddenly feel an area that is noticeably warmer than the surrounding area or if there is a small room in your house (laundry room, coat closet or powder room) that seems excessively hot or humid, these are all strong indications of a potential slab leak.
  • A slab leak in a hot water line will allow hot water to accumulate under the slab and will quickly transfer that heat and moisture into the surrounding floor and area.

 

Saturated ground around your home


  • If you are having a slab leak, eventually that water has to go somewhere. Walk the perimeter of your house. If you find an area where there is standing water, mud, moss, etc., the first step is to make sure that it is simply not a case of over-watering or a defective irrigation valve.
  • If not, then you may have a slab leak.

 

What to do if I have a Slab Leak?


If you do have a leak in the water piping below your slab, the next step is electronic leak detection. Churchwell Plumbing is able to pinpoint slab leaks, pinhole leaks, cracked or burst pipes and all other types of plumbing leaks with extreme accuracy. One of our professional technicians will be able to tell you:

  • Where the leak is occurring
  • Where the pipe is coming from
  • Where the pipe is going
  • What the best course of action for repair is

It is important to eliminate moisture problems in your home to prevent termites as well. These are a few of the simple things you can check and repair to keep termites away from your home.

  • Slab leaks
  • Leaking faucets
  • Water Pipes
  • Divert water from foundation
  • Keep all vents clear and open
  • Seal entry points around water and utility lines or pipes
  • Keep gutters and downspouts clean

How Do We Fix A Slab Leak?


There are a variety of ways to fix a slab leak. The best way depends on where the leak is and where the pipe is going. In some cases, it may involve accessing the pipe through the slab and repairing it at the point of the leak. More often however, the leaking pipe can simply be abandoned under the slab and a new pipe run through the attic or framework of the house to restore water to the effected areas without having to penetrate the slab or tear up flooring. It all begins with accurate leak detection, a clear picture of how your plumbing is laid out, and enough experience to know the least invasive and most cost effective solution.

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