Suspecting a slab leak in your house? Let us fix it for you
Nearly all homes in Orange County California are built on concrete slabs. This is because of two main reasons. Firstly, slabs are rather practical and secondly, the soil in Orange County California has claylike properties and for this reason, is technically unsuitable for basements due to its unstable nature. Slab foundations have been found to reduce the structural risk to homes, but they don’t eliminate it entirely. Should any problem arise, EHS can help repair or inspect your slab leak.
In this article, we are specifically going to tackle a somewhat common problem popularly referred to as a slab leak. Slab leaks are a common problem with slabs and whenever they are spotted, they need to be repaired in order to avoid further damage and damage to other facilities. Unfortunately, many people lack sufficient knowledge regarding slab leaks, their causes, effects, detection, repair and restoration. As such, this article is dedicated towards educating the general public and even more so, the residents of Mission Viejo, California on everything they need to understand about slab leaks.
What is a slab leak and what causes it?
A slab leak is an insurance and industry term for a leak in one or more of the water lines running within the concrete floors of your home. For leaks above the floor, the term pinhole leak is used instead. Our experience has shown that most slab leaks are a result of the reaction between copper pipes and the water flowing within them. Before this discovery, most experts used to believe that leaks resulted from too much soldering flux, contact with concrete, non-reamed pipe, bad installation practices and rocks or rebar. However, all these have proven to be a cause for just a small percentage of slab leaks.
How to detect slab leaks
Slab leaks are not easy to detect at early stages, given that they take place within the concrete and would take time before they show signs. As for us, we use both our experience and special electronic machines to locate where the leak is. However, there are signs we like to refer to as symptoms that can alert you to a possible slab leak. These symptoms include:
- The sound of running water even after all water is turned off,
- Hot water spots on the floor could be an indication that there is a leak from a pipe carrying hot water,
- Faint cracks on the flooring and walls,
- Excessive moisture or mildew under the carpets,
- High water bills without a reasonable cause.
We would like to emphasize that you should never allow anyone to dismantle your property in the name of searching for leaks. There are quite effective methods that involve the use of technology that can be used to detect leaks without necessarily having to dismantle any properties. To detect slab leaks effectively, one is required to use modern machines such as electromagnetic pipeline locators and electronic amplification equipment.In that way, leaks can still be found without having to disrupt or manipulate the property in any way. If really necessary, only a single floor tile ought to be removed and later on replaced.
Our experts for slab leak repair and detection in Mission Viejo been trained to use only non-invasive leak detection methods unless the situation calls for other measures.
How do you fix the leak?
Once the leak has been successfully located, our leak specialist will ascertain its intensity in terms of severity before coming up with a viable option for fixing the problem. Unlike leak detection, repair cannot be done without using invasive methods. However, we always strive to be as non-invasive as possible when repairing slab leaks. Normally, we would choose one of the following options:
- Spot repair – This option lets us open the slab at the exact spot of the leak and fix the leaking pipe. This options is most preferable for newer constructions given that it is cost-effective.
- Reroute or Repipe – If the damage to the pipe is quite spread, we remove the entire pipe and replace it with a new one. This option is most suitable and successful in older plumbing systems that have an annoying history of leaking.
- Epoxy pipe coating – This option is the most preferred one, given that it fixes the leak by applying a coat through the inside of a pipe. It is suitable for plumbing that has a series of small leaks that would otherwise render the repair cost exorbitant or in places where digging up the slab would cause more damages to the property.
How much does it cost both for detection and repair?
The cost will vary depending on the severity of the problem and the method used to fix the problem. But for approximation purposes, these are the typical costs:
- Detection costs will range from $125-$400 depending on the activities and effort required to detect the leak.
- Jack-hammering the slab and repairing will cost you at least between $500-$800, but this can go to up to $1000-$4000 depending on the extent of the leak.
- For pipes that are deteriorated, it will cost you an extra dime starting at $250-$600 for the pipes.
In summary, for slab detection, repair and restoration, it will cost you anything between $2000-$15000. To be sure though, you should call and consult professionals for evaluation and a quote.
Why hire us?
To start with, our experience can’t be compared to any other Mission Viejo, California slab leak repair and detection firm. We’ve been doing this for a long time and understand how things are done. Additionally, our team is fully professional and equipped with the skills necessary to do the job.
We also care about our clients and often make follow up calls to find out whether the problem was permanently fixed. Finally, we often provide discounts to our new clients as well as to returning clients. Seize the moment, and protect your property from further damage. Get in touch with us and let us walk you through the whole process.
You can count on Emergency Home Solutions to provide you with expertise-based slab leak repair and detection across Orange County, including top-quality slab leak repair services in Lake Forest and reliable slab leak detection in Laguna Nigel.