Water Leaks Under Your Slab: The 411

If you have a leak in your in the water pipes of your home, this issue can often be fixed without too much difficulty. Things are a little more complicated, however, if you develop a leak in the pipes under your foundation slab. The following article takes a closer at this important topic.  

Warnings Signs  

One of the most common signs that you have a leak under your slab is a higher water bill. Water bills that quickly increase for no apparent reason may indicate a leak. Cracks or damage to your walls, floors and baseboards may be signs of a leak as well. Other signals of a possible leak are a decrease in your water pressure and moisture under a carpet.  

Detecting the Leak  

Finding the source of the leak is not a job for the average homeowner and is best left to a qualified plumber. They have access to special equipment that can pinpoint leaks located beneath a slab. For example, a plumber can often find a leak of this type with sound amplification devices. This equipment allows the plumber to hear water dripping even when the leak is under a slab.  

Another method used to find a leak is the gas tracer system. With this technique, a tracer gas is run through your pipes to determine the leak area. Also, in some cases, the plumber might be able to insert a tiny video camera into the pipes to find the source of the problem. 

Repairing the Leak 

One way plumbers repair a slab leak is by rerouting your pipes. A new section of piping will be installed above the slab, and the pipe with the leak will be bypassed. Another repair technique that gives good results is called epoxy lining. This non-invasive method involves pouring an epoxy liquid through the pipe. The epoxy provides a protective coating when it hardens. 

Insurance Coverage                                                                                                                                                               

Whether or not your homeowners insurance will pay to repair your slab leak depends on the specific language in your policy. In some cases, only a portion of the work might be covered. Typically, if the leak causes water to come up from the slab and damages your house or belongings, then at least a part of the detection and repair work will be covered. 

If you suspect that you have a slab leak, don't delay in seeking expert help. For more information, contact Walt's Plumbing or a similar company.