There are dripping faucets. There are leaks from bad connections. Then there are the leaks that aren’t as easy to get to.
It’s called a “slab leak”. A slab leak refers to a leak in a water pipe running below the concrete pad in your home or business.
How do you know you have a slab leak? There are some signs to look for. If you find mildew under carpet or excess moisture, it can be an indicator of a slab leak. Also, cracks in floors or walls, or if you hear the faint sound of running water when all the faucets are off. Slab leaks can also happen under swimming pools.
Another indication you may have a slab leak is to check your mailbox. If your water bill is unusually high, you might have a problem.
If you suspect you have a slab leak, a good method of confirming is to do a water meter test. Locate the water meter to your home. It’s usually in front of the house or in the alley behind your house.Make sure no water is running in the house. Write down the numbers on the meter. Then check the meter again in 30 minutes. If the numbers are the same, there’s no leak. If there is, water is leaking somewhere. That’s where a professional plumbing company can help you locate the problem.
If you determine you have a slab leak, don’t start opening up floors or walls or driveways to determine the location. You’ll just create a lot of extra work and costly repairs for yourself. A slab leak calls for a professional plumbing service. They have precision locating equipment that can find the leak with minimum invasion.
The type of repair is determined by how bad the leak is and the structure it’s in. A spot repair is where the slab is cut open, the pipe exposed and repairs are made.
It your professional plumbing team determines that the piping is old and may be subject to more slab leaks, this is a good solution.
Another solution is epoxy pipe coating. The coating is applied from the inside of the plumbing, sealing the leaks.