Slab Leak 101

Man with magnifying glassHomeowners may not know what a slab leak is but it is important to know just in case your home is ever affected by a slab leak. A slab leak happens when water lines below the concrete slab crack and begin to leak. This is a very serious problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible to ensure that there is no further damage done to your home. If homeowners hear water running and all the faucets are off, that is a slab leak. Calling a professional right away helps stop the leak from expanding and causing more damage.

Fixing a slab leak isn’t pretty or easy. It takes the work of skilled technicians to get the job done right. It will usually involve jackhammering the concrete slab to open up easy access to the leak. Once the leak is in plain sight, the next step is to determine the best way to treat the problem. The options are to cut off the bad piping and replace it with a good one, replace the entire line that was leaking if it is old and leaks often and piping coating. These options have to do with budget and if the leak is in a convenient area or not.

WrenchOnce the leak is fixed, the slab now must be repaired. In most cases, the first step is to add dirt back into the hole to prepare the area for the concrete. Also, the use of a sand mix goes on top of the dirt. The next step is the concrete mix being poured as the final layer. The concrete is then smoothed out and is left to harden. While it is setting, it is time to clean up the area. A professional company will have the home looking the same, if not better than when they entered the home.

So now, if a homeowner has a slab leak, we hope that this article has helped you understand what to expect. What a slab leak is and how it will be handled by professionals. If you suspect a slab leak, call your local plumbing repair company and get the problem solved right away. The faster it is fixed the better it will be on the home and your wallet!

Do you fear that your Indianapolis home has a slab leak? Call Indiana Leak Detection today at (317) 449-2780 and let us handle the problem for you!

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