A slab leak is a serious and costly issue in your plumbing system. To make matters worse, it might go undetected for a while before you can tackle the problem, and that can lead to more damage over time.
A slab leak occurs when there’s a leak or burst in your water or sewer line underneath concrete slabs. You might start noticing wet spots on your floor, mold appearing out of nowhere, warm spots on the floor, and sometimes you can even hear the sound of running water.
While the issue that is causing the leak might not be so hard to solve, the fact that it’s located in a hard to access area is what makes this problem so difficult.
Detecting a Slab Leak
If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, don’t waste time and call a plumber. They will be able to diagnose a slab leak and make a plan for getting rid of the issue.
One of the methods used by plumbers to detect and locate a slab leak is with the help of a hearing device that allows them to detect the sounds made by air escaping the water line or sewer pipes. The next step is to get access to the leak. That involves breaking into concrete, which is often a difficult and messy job. That’s one of the reasons you shouldn’t tackle this issue on your own.
How Much Will It Cost to Repair a Slab Leak?
Depending on where the slab leak is located and how hard it is to expose the damaged pipe, the cost of the repair can range from $650, if you’re lucky, to a few thousands of dollars. Some of the most difficult repairs can lead to repairs of up to $3,000 and even more, which doesn’t always include the damage made by the infiltrated water.
The cost of an average slab leak repair is usually calculated by adding the following possible operations: detecting the leak, breaking through concrete to gain access to it, repairing the damaged pipe, or rerouting the piping if it’s beyond repair, pouring a new slab after fixing the leak. Additional costs might be brought by damaged goods, like furniture, floors, walls, and so on.
Do You Need Help?
A slab leak can represent serious damage to the foundation and structure of your home, so it’s essential to hire a professional to do it, as a DIY repair can compromise the structure of your house or plumbing system and lead to even more serious problems.
The experts at Anytime Plumbing Inc. are able to detect and repair leaks in the shortest amount of time possible for your particular situation, which keeps the costs lower or around the average, and minimizes the further damage this issue can cause.
Contact us now.