Bellingham Slab Leak Detection & Repair Services
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A slab leak occurs below the concrete floor of a home. Slab leaks are often caused by a reaction between drinking water and copper pipe. Occasionally leaks come from bad installations, substandard pipes, or contact between pipe and rebar. Sometimes a foundation will settle putting stress on a pipe, which can cause a slab leak. A slab leak can go unnoticed and is often difficult to fix, because it is located in an area that is hard to access. However, with professional leak detection and repair services from the experienced professionals at Eagle Plumbing & Heating you can be sure that the problem will be solved. To see what other customers in your area are saying about our services, click here.
What are the signs you have a slab leak?
- The sound of running water when everything is turned off
- Mildew or excessive moisture under carpets
- A warm spot on the floor indicating that a hot water pipe is leaking
- Cracks in walls or flooring
- Unusually high water bills
A meter test can tell for sure if you have a slab leak. Our professionals will shut of all the faucets in your home and record the numbers that appear on your water meter. After waiting for a designated period of time we will see if the numbers on the meter have changed. If they have in fact changed, we subtract the first number from the second reading in order to determine the severity of the leak.
How do professional locate a leak?
Leaks can be difficult to locate because you have only sound and moisture to guide you. Breaking into a slab without confirming the location of the leak is never a good idea. Do not let anyone dismantle your property just to search for leaks. A leak can be located non-destructively using electronic amplification equipment and electromagnetic pipe locators. With the right equipment, leaks can be found and repaired with minimal alterations to your home. In some cases, removing and replacing a single floor tile is all that is required.
How do professionals solve the problem?
After the leak has been located under the slab, a plumber has a number of options to solve the problem, and will choose the least disruptive. In a newer home a professional can jackhammer directly into the concrete and expose the leak. The leaky section of the pipe is cut out and a new segment is soldered into place. In an older property where this is not possible, a professional may want to cap off the entire leaking line and run a new one through the attic. In cases where there is a series of small leaks, an epoxy coating can sometimes be put into a run of pipe.
In older homes that were plumbed with galvanized pipe, it may be more cost-effective to repipe the entire residence with copper or PEX, because old galvanized pipe can be difficult to repair and may continue to experience leaks.
For expert slab leak services in and around Bellingham, get in touch with the licensed professionals at Eagle Plumbing & Heating. Call us today at (360) 318-9999.