Mesa Slab Leak Repairs
After World War II and continuing well into the 1970’s many homes were built on concrete slabs. This helped to make housing more affordable. Slab homes feature a layer of concrete several inches thick instead of the more common basement or crawl space foundation. Frequently, plumbing was laid under the concrete slab. This placement causes difficulties when leaks occur, since the slab must be opened up to repair the problem.
Leaks underneath the slab generally come in one of two forms, sewer leaks or leaks in the water lines. If your water lines are leaking, you will receive an extremely high water bill. Even a pin hole size leak in a water line can waste 10,000 gallons of water in one month.
A sewer leak may be more difficult to detect, but eventually your home will begin to smell like sewage. Any type of water leak can be difficult to pinpoint since water flows down with gravity, so even if you are able to see a wet spot it can appear a long way away from the leak. If a hot water pipe is leaking you may be able to find a hot place on the floor indicating where to look for the leak. When you call a Chandler plumbing professional, ask if he has specialized electronic leak detection equipment that can help you to determine the source of the leak.
Slab leaks are a serious problem in Mesa, since water leaking under your slab can cause your foundation and slab to sink or create sink holes under your house. It can cause your foundation to crack, or heave up. Any type of foundation damage can compromises the structural integrity of your home.
When water is leaking underneath your slab, eventually it will make its way up through the floor. As water makes its way into your home it will begin to either smell like mildew or sewage, depending on what kind of pipe is leaking. Once moisture gets into the drywall and insulation your walls become a great place for mold to grow and thrive. In just a few days mold can become a threat to your family. Inhalation of mold spores can cause serious health problems, and dangerous mold must be professionally removed.
So you can see why it is imperative that you fix a slab leak as soon as it is discovered.
A qualified Mesa plumber will locate the leak, and decide if the best choice is to re-rout pipes, or to open an area in the slab just above the leaking pipe to enable repairs. He will keep the hole as small as possible in order to limit the repairs to your home after the leak has been fixed. An experienced plumber will not patch the pipe; he will remove the bad section and replace it. He can also advise you if your pipes are in bad enough shape to warrant repiping your home.
Always check with your homeowner’s insurance, they will often cover an Arizona slab leak problem.