Slab Leaks - What Are the Causes of Slab Leaks?
When a water line that is running below the concrete of your basement or slab flooring, is made from is cracked or completely broken, your insurance company and repair professional will term this incident as a "slab leak."
Slab leaks can result from too much water pressure going to and from your home through the copper piping under your home. Another common reason is a chemical reaction between your drinking water and the copper itself.
What is a Slab Leak?
A slab leak can be considered an emergency plumbing problem because water damage over time can cause other more serious issues to the foundation of your house.
This can lead to unnecessary time and money to be spent when the whole situation could have been avoided by fixing the slab leak in the first place.
In order to properly repair the busted water line, the plumbing company whom you hire must use special equipment to locate the copper pipes that are below the concrete and must locate the leak that is causing you so many problems.
How Do I Handle a Slab Leak?
There are a couple of different options that you can take as the homeowner for the repair of your slab leak. One of these options is called epoxy restoration which can be guaranteed to last over ten years.
This particular procedure is much less invasive and cost effective than other more invasive procedures such as replacing the affected copper piping, and possibly all the copper piping if the initial leak causes more damage of the piping around it due to exposure.
Detecting a leak under your slab or basement floor is easier than you think. If there is a clear puddle of water in one spot of the concrete, you have a slab leak going on. Also, you can sometimes feel a hot area on one particular spot on the floor which indicates a hot water line leak.
These hot water lines are most always insulated by the plumbing professionals who had installed them. Because you are feeling a hot spot in a particular area of your floor, the water has probably seeped through the insulation wall already and you may even be able to hear running water.
If you notice any of these signs of a slab leak under your concrete flooring, contact a professional immediately.
Are you seeing signs of a slab leak in your Orlando home? No time to waste here, Call Shamrock Plumbing and Drain Cleaning at (407) 292-8881 to see what is causing that slab leak.