There is no single method for repairing slab leaks that will work well with every home or problem. That is why it is very important to have a professional plumbing company perform a water leak inspection at your home. An expert will give you advice to make the best decision for fixing the slab leak.
There are three primary ways to fix a slab leak, explained here.
Fixing a slab leak with epoxy is the least disruptive repair option. Instead of removing part of the line or rebuilding the pipe, durable epoxy is used to coat the opening. The inside of the pipe will be cleaned before the epoxy is applied, which effectively seals the leak. The epoxy is applied to the interior of the entire pipe, which means it will also fill holes under the slab that are too small to notice, but may eventually start leaking. If the leaking pipe is very old or severely damaged, epoxy may not be the best option.
Rather than tearing up the entire concrete floor, this option is more attractive to many homeowners. This slab leak repair option will require building a new plumbing system that bypasses the old line. Lines will run up walls and along ceilings to stay out of the way.
Repiping works very well, but it can be costly. Our expert plumbers at Inland Empire Plumbing will help homeowners decide if this is the right choice for their home. Old plumbing that has been subjected to soft water, electrolysis or high pressure may warrant repiping.
We always encourage homeowners to discuss their options with professional slab leak repair plumbers before attempting to use a jackhammer on a slab leak. This is the riskiest option when attempted by someone without experience. It begins with making a hole in the floor to locate the damaged pipe, which is then removed and a new piece of pipe soldered in place.
While this is the most commonly used method to repair slab leaks, it is by far the most invasive and requires removing large pieces of concrete.
If you have a slab leak in your home, contact Inland Empire Plumbing to discuss your repair options and get expert advice, in order to make an informed decision.
We take leaks very seriously; we will be happy to answer your questions and help you fix the problem, with as little damage to your home, as possible.
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