Symptoms of a Slab Leak
- Can you hear the sound of running water when no water should be running?
- Do you feel a hot spot on the floor that could indicate a hot water line leak?
- Do you see cracks in walls or floors that could be damage from a slab leak?
- You may have mildew or excessive moisture under carpets if your slab is cracked and the pipes are leaking water.
- Excessive water bills could indicate a slab leak. High water bills could also indicate a water leak behind the walls, your pool or other locations.
Determine how much water you are losing
An easy way to determine if your plumbing system is leaking is to check your meter.
Listen for water running when it shouldn't, you will also have a high water bill.
Finding a Slab Leak
Breaking into a slab or pool deck, without positive confirmation of a leak location, is not acceptable. Don’t let anyone destroy your property just to search for leaks. Finding a slab leak requires a thorough process with technical expertise, as well as experience.
Locating leaks non-destructively requires the use of modern tools such as electronic amplification equipment and electromagnetic pipeline locators. With the proper equipment, leaks can be found and repaired with minimal disruption to property. In many cases, only a single floor tile needs to be removed and replaced.
American Leak Detection’s highly trained technicians use our own non-invasive leak detection equipment to accurately locate the leak to save time, money and avoid unnecessary property damage.
Slab Leak Repair Options
Once the leak has been located under the slab a leak specialist will provide repair options.
Slab leak repair options may include:
- Spot repair: open up the slab at the spot of the leak and repair leaking pipe. This option is cost effective for newer construction.
- Repipe or Reroute: replace the entire line that was leaking. This is most effective for older plumbing systems that have a history of leaking.
- In-place pipe coating: If the plumbing system has a series of small leaks that would be cost prohibitive or too inconvenient to dig up the slab, the in-place epoxy pipe coating could be the best option.
Things to Know When Requesting a Slab Leak Detection
- How much water is leaking?
Hint: Check your water meter when your water is turned off.
- Why do you think it is in your slab?
Hint: Look for hot or warm spots on the floor, or wet spots that have no external source, or the sound of running water when none should be heard.
- How many showers, sinks and toilets are in your home?