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Why Is a Slab Leak Such a Big Deal?

cracked concrete foundationThere are a number of different types of leaks that can negatively impact your home’s plumbing system. One of the worst to deal with is a slab leak, which is defined as a leak in the hot or cold water lines that run through the concrete foundation of your home—which probably indicates to you why you don’t want a leak of this kind! Slab leaks can occur as for a few different reasons. It could be a shift in the land putting pressure on your pipes, chemicals within the water creating corrosion, or the abrasion of the pipe on the concrete surrounding it.

Whatever the reason for experiencing a slab leak, one thing is for certain: it needs immediate attention from a professional Fairfax, VA plumber. Slab leaks are typically hard to spot or detect on your own, but signs you can watch out for include cracks in the basement, an unexplained rise in your water bills, strange behavior from your water heater (80% of slab leaks happen in the hot water lines), and mold and mildew growth in the basement.

Hire a Professional Plumber for Slab Leak Detection

One of the hardest things about fixing any type of leak, is accurately locating it to begin with. Like we mentioned above, this is especially tricky with a slab leak, as it’s buried beneath several feet of concrete.

In order to find the source of your slab leak, you’ll need a professional plumber, who has access to advanced equipment, such as ground microphones, acoustic listening equipment, thermal scanners, and video pipe cameras. Remember, even if you have access to any of this equipment yourself, you need a plumber with specialized training to use it correctly, and safely.

Accessing the Pipes

This is perhaps the most important reason that slab leaks are, in fact, a big deal. The average homeowner cannot and should not try to access a leaking pipe that’s under concrete. The good news is that in some cases, plumbers do not actually need to dig down to the pipe.

They can instead use lateral techniques to create a bypass around the leaking pipe in order to cut it off. It is worth noting that there are sometimes that our plumbers will have to take the longer route of using a jackhammer—which is of course something you want to leave to professionals for your own safety and to limit property damage that you wouldn’t be covered for if you conducted this yourself.

Correct Pipe Replacement

In most cases, the method used to repair a leaking pipe involves cutting out the leaking section and putting in a replacement. Without a professional plumber, you won’t know the right type of piping to use, and likely won’t have a knowledge of the best materials and equipment for the job, let alone how to effectively repair the leak.

Efficiency and Accuracy

Even if you were able to get access to the necessary equipment to do leak detection on your own, do you know how long the job would take to complete? Let’s put it this way: a lot longer than you’d be comfortable with! With professional plumbers, the job might only take a few hours, and with our team on your side, you can trust that the job is done right the first time.

AllTech Services, Inc., we are proud of our reputation of competence and value. When you need a professional plumber to handle a problem as severe as a slab leak, we are the team to call—contact us today!

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