Slab Leak Solutions

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Slab Leak Detection

The first step in solving a slab leak problem is locating the source of the slab leak. This requires slab leak detection. A plumbing professional must first identify and locate plumbing leaks. Slab Leak Detection is a very important part of the process. If done properly it may mean that foundation repairs are not needed. The last thing you want is a plumber to neglect this process and start breaking up the foundation without thorough investigation. Often, foundation repair is not even needed, but homeowners are clueless, because once the foundation starts to get destroyed, plumbing leaks naturally happen from a result of it. Make sure your plumber is well qualified and experienced in slab leak detection before the job is started.

How do you know if you have a slab leak

Slab leaks generally come in two forms, sewer leaks and leaks in water lines.  If your water lines are leaking, you usually find out as soon as you get you get your water bill.  A pin hole in a water line can leak out over 10,000 gallons in one month.  In contrast, sewers can leak for years without anybody knowing.  Unless a sewer is in expansive soils and a leak is adding enough water to swell the soils, there are often no signs of the sewer leak.

When a water line or a sewer line leaks enough water into expansive soils, the soils can actually swell up and lift a building.  This is called heaving.  Often when a leak is causing heaving, the presence of the leak may be suggested by the way the overlying slab is being bent.  Domes in slabs often indicate the presence of leaks.

Of course, once a foundation begins to move, all sorts of cosmetic damage start appear.  In some cases, the damage can indicate the presence of a leak under the foundation.  The shape and location of the damage can be a good indicator.

It is important for the plumbing contractor you call in to do the job is experienced in preparing contour diagrams. This helps spot slab deformations that are typical of plumbing leaks.  Make certain the plumber is trained to correlate foundation damage with slab deformations. This helps get a better fix on slab leaks.

How should your plumber test for leaks?

When it comes to water lines, there is a simple two step test.  First a pressure gauge is attached to a spigot and the spigot is opened.  As long as all water use is stopped, the gauge will show the pressure at which water is delivered from the street.  Next, the water meter is turned off.  If there are no leaks, the pressure on the gauge will remain constant.  If the pressure falls, it means that water is escaping from the lines in and under the house.  Generally, if a pressure drop is found, taps, toilets, and other water outlets are rechecked for drips or slow use.  If no drips or slow use, such a running toilet, is found, then the lines must be leaking under the house.

Checking for Sewer Leaks

For sewer leaks, there is a simple two step sewer leak test.  First, the sewer line is blocked off with a balloon where it comes out from under the foundation.  Next the sewer is filled with water.  Given that the sewer is blocked off from the main, if the water level in the sewer drops, there must be a leak.  Generally, when a leak is detected, the balloon is reset and the lines are retested.

Sometimes the test for a sewer leak gives a false reading, which is why the test should always be repeated before going on to the sewer leak location.

It is important to know that a leak test will only tell you if there is a leak, it will not tell you where the leak is located.

How leaks are located

Sewer leaks can be located with cameras that can be pushed down sewer lines, or by isolating and flooding individual sections of pipe. Water line leaks are usually located with listening devices. Make certain your plumber has the right leak detection equipment. Leak detection is something you do not want to go cheap on. Proper leak detection can end up saving you thousands of dollars.

The Cost of Fixing Sewer Leaks

Depending on the property and the length of the job, sewer leaks can cost from as little as $600 to over $50,000.  The cost depends on the condition of the sewer lines, the location of the sewer lines, the location of the house or building and the location of the sewer main and the nature of the sewer problem.  If your home has old iron lines that have largely rusted away, then a major sewer repair may be necessary.  The only true way to find out is to have a camera inspection of the sewer lines. This should also include the use of a locating device, which helps map the locations of the sewer lines.

Trenchless Sewer Repair Solutionstrenchless pipe repair

If you have a huge sewer repair problem, it is wise to investigate trenchless sewer repair solutions. This can save both time, money, and your yard. Many plumbers do not specialize in trenchless sewer repair, and will come out against the process. Before spending thousands of dollars and digging up your yard, go to Best Plumbers® and find a trenchless sewer repair expert.

 

The Cost of a Leaking Water Line

As with sewer line repair, the cost of water line repair can vary drastically. When is comes to water line repair it may be necessary to break though the foundation, cut out the damaged pipe, and then install new water pipe.  Some repairs can cost as little as $400 and as much as $10,000. It all depends on the location and the size of the leak.

Epoxy Pipe Repair SolutionsEpoxy Pipe Repair

Before you invest thousands of dollars in water line repair, it is wise to look into epoxy pipe repair solutions. Epoxy pipe repair is a process that injects epoxy into the plumbing pipe. This creates an epoxy lining, and can fix the leaks in your plumbing. Make certain you contact professionals that know what they are doing. Like trenchless sewer repair, not all plumbers offer this as a solution. They may automatically dismiss the idea of epoxy pipe repair as a solution to your plumbing leak problem. More often than not, it is because they do not offer the service and their solution has always been to cut into the slab.

Getting it Your Plumbing Leak Repaired Fast

One should investigate all the options that are available, but it is important to know that plumbing leaks should be addressed quickly. Not only will this cause a spike in your water bill, but it can also cause major foundation problems with the structure of your home. Plumbing leaks should be addressed in a timely manor. Fixing the problem in time, could end up saving you tens of thousands of dollars in the long run.

For expert service in slab leak repair and sewer line repair, trust the plumbing experts at Best Plumbers®

 

February 26, 2014 |
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