Slab Leak Detection
A slab leak is a serious problem that occurs in the pipes beneath a home’s foundation. Slab leak detection allows plumbers to find the source of the damage and repair it. Water and sewage pipes might lie a few inches to several feet beneath the slab. Repairing or replacing pipes directly requires removing the slab. This is a messy and expensive process that takes a lot of time. It also causes damage to your home.
When to Call for Slab Leak Detection Services
Some signs that might indicate you have a slab leak include:
- An increase in your water bills
- The sound of running water when you have all your fixtures turned off
- Cracks in the ceiling or walls
- A hot spot in the floor of a single room
- Standing water, moss, or mud around the outer perimeter of your home
Investigating the source of the slab leak early on will help prevent extensive damage from
occurring to your home. Even if the problem seems minor, there’s a reason that the leak
occurred in the first place. It isn’t going away on its own and the problem will only grow
How Slab Leak Detection and Repair Works
The idea of removing the concrete slab that your home sits on is daunting. The reality is even worse. We have the equipment and skilled technicians to find the source of damage quickly. We offer pipe repair services that cause little to no damage to your landscaping or your home’s interior; we don’t always have to jackhammer the floor or open the walls to make a repair.
One of the most valuable tools for slab leak detection is an acoustical listening device. We use the acoustical listening device to listen to the pipes under the slab or inside walls where the pipes run and locate the position of the pipes from the beginning to the end along its entire length of the pipe. This provides us with information about where the damage is located and how extensive the problem is.
Once we know what we’re dealing with, we offer a number of slab leak repair options. In some cases, direct repair is the only option. It requires jack-hammering at the site of a leak and repairing the pipe directly. Another option is to re-route the piping under the slab into one above it. Yet, other options that competitors might not offer are epoxy pipe lining, pipe bursting, pipe sleeving, pipe inserts and others.
San Diego Plumbing and Pipelining specializes in full re-piping that replaces your entire pipeline without damaging your home. We also use several types of epoxy options to mitigate future leaks and damage.
Don’t put your home at risk of extensive damage to your floors, ceilings, landscaping, and foundation. If you see any signs of a plumbing leak, contact San Diego Plumbing and Pipelining today for a professional evaluation.
HOT AND COLD DOMESTICE WATER LINES-OPTIONS FOR THE REPAIR OF SLAB LEAKS-LEAKS IN WALLS/CEILINGS
Option 1: Jackhammering
Only fixes a section of the pipe, and the remaining line is subject to fail-causing further repairs.
$900-$1200 average cost. Technicians will quote based on your circumstances.
Pros: Inexpensive and straightforward Cons: Messy, intrusive, the high failure rate on the remaining pipe left underground.
Option 2: Single Line Reroute
If there is a corroded pipe in the slab, it could be deteriorating from harsh soil or water. Re-routes lift lines from under the slab/ soil up and over into walls and ceilings.
We need to know where both ends of the pipe are before re-routing. We must open the pipe and verify if it is a single line under the slab from one end to the other- The price depends on how many drywall cuts and patches/ length of pipe.
- 50 year-Copper Manufacturer's Warranty
- 25-year-Uponor Pex Manufacturer’s Warranty
- Epoxy Coating Whole House (see Item #3 below)
- 10 year-Workmanship Warranty
Does not include drywall texture or paint.
$1500-1700 average cost. Technicians will quote based on your circumstances.
Pros: Affordable, good warranty Cons: Messy, intrusive, not always appropriate.
Option 3: Epoxy lining
Begins with cutting both ends of the exposed pipe to pressure test and see how big the leak is- and determine the variables and capabilities for epoxy.
$3750 average cost.
Pros: Saves money and time. Least intrusive. Scientifically the best materials and carries a lifetime warranty to the original owner, then have a transferrable warranty to the new owner for a 10- year warranty.
Cons: Not all pipes are candidates for epoxy. The line must be cleaned to pristine condition.
Option 4: Sleeving
High temp and high strength material. Begins with a borescope camera to locate any corrosion within the pipe from previous repairs, pipe bends, and oval vs. round conditions. The line needs to be abrasively cleaned to prep for sleeving.
$3950 average cost
Pros: Less intrusive, least reconstruction. High flow rate. 25-year manufacturer’s warranty & a 10- year Brinks workmanship warranty.
Cons: Hard to obtain the product. It takes a few weeks to obtain the materials if not in stock.