How to Detect and Fix Pipe Leaks Under Slab
Signs of a Slab or Sewer Leak
- Noticeable water or ‘warm’ spots on your floors.
- Sounds of running water.
- Raised or swollen spots on the floor.
- Weakened or squeaky floors.
- Unusually high water bills.
Detecting Slab Leaks: The best and most efficient way to detect a slab leak is with the help of a professional plumber. They will first turn off your home’s water and pump air into the lines to force out the remaining water. They can listen to the places water is escaping and then go through the possible treatment options. Unfortunately, slab leaks are difficult to access and they often require the help of a jackhammer and other excavation tools.
Repairing Slab Leaks: The first step is to remove the flooring that is covering the leak. Once you have done this, the services of a jackhammer are required to break up the concrete foundation and access the leaking pipe. Often times the pipes that run underneath your home are copper tubing so the repair process is pretty standard. The damaged section of the pipe needs to be removed with a hacksaw and a new pipe needs to be put in with copper couplings.
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