Slab Leaks

A slab leak is the industry and insurance term for a leak in one of the water lines running below the concrete floor of a building.  The noticeable signs of a slab leak include:

 

  • Cracks in walls or flooring
  • Abnormally high water bills
  • Mildew or excessive moisture under carpets
  • The sound of running water when all water is turned off
  • A hot spot on the floor

 

If you suspect a slab leak and notice one or any of the obvious signs, do the following:

 

  • Shut off the flow of water to your home at the water meter
  • Call GPS Plumbing at 469-777-0217

 

We will find and fix the leak fast and return your water supply system to leak free operation.

 

Slab Leak Services

If you suspect a slab leak call GPS Plumbing at 469-777-0217.  We use a combination of experience and sophisticated electronic equipment to pinpoint the exact location of a leak.  Once we pinpoint the source of the leak we:

 

  • Assess and determine the severity of the leak – how much water is actually leaking
  • Consider the age of the home and piping materials and overall condition of the existing piping
  • Provide repair options and price for the leak repair 

 

Fix the Leak Options/Solutions

 

Our find and fix slab repair options include:

 

Repipe Option:       Spot Repair

Piping Condition:   Good

What We Do            

  • Open slab at leak location
  • Replace a small section of pipe, a fitting, or both
  • Patch the slab

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Repipe Option:       Reroute

Piping Condition:   Fair

What We Do:                      

  • To minimize the dig up of the slab foundation and if possible, a new pipe is run in the attic or inside interior walls to replace the leaking section under the slab
  • When attic access unavailable, the only economical alternative may be to run the new pipes around the perimeter of the building and then stub them in through exterior walls to the fixtures
  • The leaking section of pipe is abandoned in place because it no longer carries water and minimizes damage and repair cost

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Repipe Option:       Repiping

Piping Condition:   Bad

What We Do:                      

  • All hot and cold water piping is replaced
  • The new pipes are run in the attic or inside interior walls to all fixtures and appliances in the home
  • Some or all of the existing piping may be abandoned in place if too costly or impractical to remove
  • If attic access is not available, the only economical alternative is to run the pipes around the perimeter of the building and then stub them in through exterior walls to the fixtures

Causes of Slab Leaks

Slab leaks are a serious problem - they can cause substantial damage and create an unhealthy and unsanitary building environment and are caused by:

 

  • Old decaying pipes
  • Shifting foundation
  • Corrosive water chemistry
  • Faulty initial installation
  • Broken pipe fitting
  • Inferior quality pipes
  • Extreme freeze thaw cycles
  • Hard water
  • Excessively high water pressure
  • Expansive soil