Slab leaks occur in copper pipes and they are usually small but if they go unrepaired, they can grow in size. Slab leaks are usually a plumbing problem and are times referred to as foundation leaks. The leak is usually a water line running below a concrete floor. Leaks can be caused by a number of reasons such as electrolysis which corrodes the pipe. To detect a slab leak, you need professional skills. However, there are a few observable signs which include low water pressure, sloppy baseboards and running water sounds. Here are a few tips for plumbing and slab leak repair:
- Identify the leak
The first step to repairing slab leaks is to detect leaks and also repair them under the slabs. There are a few indicators that can tell you that you have a leak. They include: unusual high water bill, hearing the sound of running water, odd movement of the water meter and lastly sloppy baseboards or floors. If the leaks are serious you should seek professional help in repairing them. Taking quick action is important to reduce the damage as well as the cost of repair.
- Epoxy repairs
Epoxy resins can be used to cement and harden cracks as well as fissures that are as a result of moisture that is trapped under the slab. This will help the crack from spreading and you can also repair the slab without disrupting it. This is mainly done on small cracks and you can do it yourself as it is not a complex process.
- Accessing the damaged pipes
This can be done in two different ways either by penetrating over the leak directly penetrating the concrete or by tunnelling beneath the concrete. The former is more accurate as it gives you direct access to the broken pipe by penetrating the slab. However, this will lead to disruption of the concrete. Tunnelling is quite difficult to repair and less accurate as you cannot see what you are doing.
- Repairing and re-routing the piping
In order to make effective repairs, you can choose to either repair or re-route the pipes. Re-routing the pipes involves placing the pipes underground along. This will lead to shutting down of existing pipes running under the slab and any remaining pipes under the slab is disconnected from the system and sealed. When you are repairing the pipe, you repair it where it is.
- Seek plumbing services
For extensive construction, you will need the services of a plumber. Repairing slab leaks requires some level of expertise such as the type of pipes to use, plumbing materials and designs as well as the complex networks. It is important to look for a plumbing company that takes care of your problems with the required level of expertise. When repairing the slab leaks by yourself, you may not have the necessary tool to do the job. However, a plumber may have the necessary tools.
Slab leaks are not a big issue if attended to at the right time. Look for the right plumbing company that will repair the leaks and take care of all your plumbing problems.