If your home sits on a slab, leaks can still occur just as they do on any other home with a crawlspace or basement. Slab leaks in a home are caused by a leak in the plumbing pipes that were installed under your slab when the home was built. Naturally occurring ground water can also be a potential source of slab leaks but is a rare occurrence. If you believe you may have a slab leak you can count on the plumbers at Odyssey Plumbing to get it located and repaired in the best manner possible.
signs of a slab leak:
1. The most obvious sign of a slab leak is an obvious wet spot on your floor that won't go away even after you attempt to dry it up.
2. A warm/cold spot on the floor in relation to surrounding area could be an indication of a slab leak. Even if the area is not noticeably wet, this is a strong indication of a potential slab leak.
3. A high water bill and no indications of a loss of water anywhere else in your home is an indication of a slab leak
4. A persistent wet spot next to your house and with no other obvious source of water near-by is an indication of a slab leak.
what is the cause of slab leaks?
A slab leak is ultimately caused by a leaking pipe below your slab. What caused the plumbing pipe to leak to begin with can be a number of variables. A shift in your homes foundation, poor installations practices at the time your home was built, the exterminator accidently drilling through a plumbing pipe when treating your home, or simply deterioration due to age can all be contributing factors to a pipe springing a leak and causing you to have a slab leak.
how is a slab leak repaired?
Once the location of the slab leak is determined we evaluate the options available and present them to you in order for you to make an informed decision as to how you want to handle the problem.
Sometimes, but not always, the only option to repair your slab leak may be to burst up the concrete and repair the slab leak where it is. This is sometimes the case and typically a last resort.
In some instances, we may have the option of omitting the leaking pipe before it goes into the slab (typically in a wall somewhere in your house) and simply reroute the plumbing pipe above the slab (through the walls or ceiling of your home) to the plumbing fixture or fixtures to which it serves. This is typically the least intrusive and more economical option.