What Is a Slab Leak?
A slab leak is a leak in the water, drain, or sewer pipes that run through or beneath the concrete slab of a home. The pipes can fail and leak for a variety of reasons, including:
- Pipe degradation due to age or material defects
- Abrasions where the pipes meet the concrete
- Movements of the concrete pad due to erosion or soil compaction
- Movements due to swelling of clay soils or frost upheavals
- Improper pipe installations or backfilling
- Tree root damages to sewer pipes
Once a leak forms, the water can often travel up into your home, causing water damage, mold growth, and more.
Signs You May Have a Slab Leak
Although you cannot typically see a slab leak directly, there are several good indicators that one may be present in your Lucas home. These include:
- Higher water bills than normal
- Puddles in your yard
- Pooling water or damp soil near the foundation slab
- Soil erosion or settling
- Cracked, sunken, or lifted concrete slab
- Standing water on interior floors
- Wet carpeting, floors, or drywall
- Excessive moisture and mold problems
- Reduced water pressure or flow
- Drain or sewer clogs
Left alone, a slab leak can allow water to enter your home, soaking porous materials, causing water damage, and encouraging the growth of potentially dangerous mold. Under your home, the leaking water can erode the soil or allow it to compact under the weight of the slab. This can lead to further plumbing damage, as well as foundation movement, cracking, and structural damage to your home.
To find and repair a slab leak, you will need the help of a professional plumber, such as our team at Staggs Plumbing. Our experts can use hydrostatic pressure testing, sound amplification, thermal imaging, or other methods to pinpoint the source of the leak. Our team will then evaluate the methods necessary to repair the issue.
If the leak is close to the perimeter of the slab, a tunnel may be dug under the foundation to repair the affected pipe. If the leak is small and confined to one area, jackhammers may be used to bore a hole through a small section of the slab to facilitate repairs. For larger leaks or wider affected areas, larger sections of the slab may need to be removed to complete the repair. Finally, in some cases, the pipe may be disconnected, left in place, and bypassed with a new pipe altogether. Once finished, our team will backfill any excavations and patch any damaged concrete.
At Staggs Plumbing, we have all the specialty equipment required to find and repair slab leaks, plus we have over 30 years of plumbing experience in the Lucas area. We are well acquainted with the soil issues and plumbing problems that can cause slab leaks, allowing us to find and repair them quickly. We offer free quotes on all plumbing repairs, upfront pricing, and reliable, on-time service.
Everyone was very professional and did their best to accommodate any requests we had. They can in to fix a leaky kitchen sink and ended up helping us with 2 faucets, our tub, and a toilet handle. April and Nick were awesome!Aurora B.