Slab Leak Repair Services
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what is a slab leak?
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an average household leak can waste nearly 10,000 gallons of water every year. Ten percent of homes have active leaks.
Many of today’s homes are built on concrete slab foundations. Damage to the slab and foundation can cause structural integrity issues for the entire house. Slab leaks occur when plumbing leaks occur under the foundation. These kinds of leaks can go unnoticed for months. The ePIPE patented slab leak repair and protection process can stop and prevent leaks.
How the Slab Leak Process Works
Slab leaks can develop for multiple reasons. It may be a result of ground shifts under the foundation, from pipe corrosion or abrasion and even poor workmanship.
If you suspect a slab leak, contact us as soon as possible. With the patented ePIPe process there’s no need to break open the foundation. We are able to detect and repair slab leaks, in-place. Using a variety of leak detection tools like acoustic systems that pick up sounds of a leaky pipe, tracing equipment and pressure testing also help leaks to be located. With larger pipes the use of video pipe inspection equipment may also be used to assess the condition of the slab and plumbing.
Depending on the extent of the leak and the condition of your plumbing system, there are several repair options:
- Repair the damaged section: A conventional plumbing repair can be used that focuses solely on accessing and fixing the section of damaged pipe to stop the water leak.
- Reroute the pipe: This process involves changing the path also referred to as, re-routing the pipes.
- Repipe the entire structure: When the majority of pipes in a structure are in bad shape, it may make more sense to completely replace or restore all the pipes in the building.
Restore pipes in-place – using the patented ePIPE process, pipes are restored in-place. The process provides the placement of a code approved protective epoxy barrier coating to the inside of the pipe. This process avoids the mess, hassle and expense often associated with a repipe.
Here at Pipe Restoration Inc., we have a patented three-step solution, known as ePIPE, to protect your home or business facility’s piping system from leaks and contaminants while fixing your pipes in-place. With our trenchless methods, we don’t need to extensively dig, cut into the slab or tear into walls to make the repairs.
AIR DRYING OF PIPES
First, we connect air hoses to the piping system. The system uses preheated, filtered air to drain and dry the pipes.
Once the pipes are dry, we prepare them with an air and sand mixture to carefully sandblast the inside of the pipes.
EPOXY COATING APPLIED
In the last stage, the code approved epoxy coating is applied to the system. After the coating cures, the pipes are reassembled, flushed, and pressure tested. The approved ePIPE coating cures within two hours, and in most cases, water service is restored the same day, without displacing you or your occupants.
The protective coating we apply is an approved epoxy for use with both metallic and non-metallic pipes.
Can a Slab Leak Cause Permanent Damage?
Slab leaks that aren’t repaired quickly can lead to a number of problems including moldy carpet and warped hardwood flooring. The longer the leak continues, the more likely you are to experience erosion around the concrete slab, potentially leading to major structural damage.
Water damage caused by a slab leak may also lead to cracks in your walls or flooring. If there’s a foundation leak that goes untreated, it could mean spending money on foundation repair in addition to repairing the leaky pipes.
Homeowner’s insurance will generally cover the cost of leak detection and water damage restoration, provided you have proof you’ve not been neglecting issues in the home. That said, it may not cover the cost of the repair to the pipe. You should contact us or your insurance provider for more details.
6 Signs of a Slab Leak
If you experience one or more of these warning signs, act sooner rather than later, to avoid further damage and higher repair costs.
If you find a puddle or wet spot around your home that doesn’t have a clear origin like a leaky faucet, they could be the signs of leaking water coming through your slab or foundation These wet spots could be the result of a slab leak.
It’s also possible to find puddles, wet spots, coming out from under your cabinets, between tiles, or even from the bottom of a wall. They are likely to occur near fixtures or pipes in the kitchen or bathrooms.
Abnormally Increased Water Usage
If you notice your water bills increasing, but cannot locate the source of the leak it could be a sign of a slab leak or another pipe leak, such as your water service line. If you see a high water bill, it is worth reaching out to a plumber for help with leak detection.
If you can, locate your water meter, look at it when all your taps and water-consuming appliances are off. If the meter is still spinning, that would suggest there is constant water use, which is increasing your bill and a sign of a leak. If the leak happens to be in a hot water line, the water heater will run more than it has to, running up your energy bill as well as shortening the life of your hot water tank.
Mold or Mildew
Moisture promotes mold and mildew growth. If you find mold underneath your carpets, a slab leak could be the moisture feeding its growth.
Sounds of Running Water
If you can hear the sound of water running under your floor, behind walls or cabinets when you do not have any taps or appliances operating that’s a good indication of you have a pipe leak.
Heat on the Floor
If the floor feels hot or warm in an unusual location, there could be a leak in the hot water line. If you’re not sure, try walking barefoot on the floor can help make it easier to identify hot spots.
Low Water Pressure
If you suddenly experience a major drop in pressure, this could indicate a major slab leak.
Difference Between Slab Leak & a Pinhole Leak
A slab leak is an issue with leaky pipes that are located underneath the concrete foundation of a home. A pinhole leak maybe the source of the slab leak. A pinhole leak, as the name suggests is a small hole, usually the size of a pinhead, in a pipe.
You may find that while a pinhole leak can occur as a single leak, they often occur in clusters along a pipe. Where you find one, there’s a high likelihood you’ll have many others along the length of the water pipe.
Whether you want to stay proactive and update your plumbing, or you require emergency service, we can help. We are independently ranked in the top 1% of more than 300,000 licensed contractors in the state of California. We offer 24-hour support, and have financing options to ensure you can get the quality service you need and deserve at affordable rates.
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