There is almost nothing worse than a slab leak. That mysterious water that starts rising from the floor of your home. Nobody wants to think the waters pouring from your foundation, but it could happen to you. Here’s a little information on how to detect and treat a slab leak.
One big sign of a slab leak is the rapid increase in your water bill. If your water bill suddenly jumps no changes in your apparent water usage, you might have a slab leak. Another sign of the slab leak is the obvious sign of water on your floor or carpet. Slab leaks are not always that easy to detect though. One final sign is a decrease in water pressure. If you suddenly have less water pressure than normal, you might have a slab leak.
If you suspect that you have a slab leak in your home, you should call a professional to have it professionally tested. Typically, the company will shut the main water off and pressurize your plumbing system with compressed air. They then listen for the signs of escaping air to determine where the leak is, if there is a leak. Testing is something that is beyond the scope of most homeowners and should be done by professional company.
To fix a slab leak, the traditional method is to first locate the leak. After the leak location is detected, the flooring is removed and the concrete slab jackhammer to reveal the pipe. The pipe is then repaired and the slab is been filled in with new concrete. Then the flooring can be replaced.
One newer method to repair slab leaks is called re-pipe. What the repair company will do is align the pipes from the inside to seal the leak. This is much less invasive than traditional repairs but is still a new repair type.