Slab Leak Repair
When you think of a plumbing emergency, you probably have images of burst pipes and overflowing toilets. However, it’s the problems you can’t see that often pose the greatest risk. A slab leak can go unnoticed for weeks or months, or even longer. During this time, the leak can result in significant water damage and high water bills. Fortunately, the plumbers at Lex’s Plumbing offer professional slab leak detection and repair in Frisco to help you save money and avoid a worse plumbing situation.
Non-destructive Slab Repair
Many plumbing companies are not professional in their manner of locating and repairing a slab leak. At Lex’s Plumbing, we will never take action until we have located the slab leak and come up with a proper plan of action. We aim to take care of the leak with as little property damage as possible. In most cases when we have completed a slab leak repair, only one-floor tile will need to be replaced due to our non-invasive equipment and methods
Understanding Slab Leak Repair
Slab leaks are a serious plumbing issue that must be repaired to prevent the problem from growing larger. Even though you cannot see a slab leak, your home can suffer severe negative effects from the leak over a very short period of time. Modern slab leak repair is a straightforward process that begins with leak detection. Your plumber will use advanced methods and equipment to locate the exact area where your plumbing is leaking.
Next, a small portion of your floor will be removed to access the problematic pipe. In most cases, this means only a single floor tile or a small square of carpet one to two feet on each side is removed. Whenever possible, your plumber will repair the pipe in place by either patching it or replacing the section of problematic pipe. Alternatively, an epoxy coating can be used to restore the pipe from the inside out, providing it with strength and structural integrity. These two solutions are best for newer construction and plumbing systems, in which a single slab leak does not indicate widespread plumbing problems. In older buildings, however, your plumber may suggest replacing or rerouting the entire line to solve the current issue and prevent the need for future plumbing repair.
Slab Leak Repair Options
After our plumbers positively identify your slab leak, you will be given a few repair options. Depending on the condition of your foundation, the location of the leak, and other unique factors, your options may be limited. In general, your slab leak repair options include:
- Spot Repair: This is the most common form of slab leak repair. Our plumbers will open up the slab at the spot of the leak and repair or replace the leaking section of pipe.
- Repipe/Reroute: Depending on the condition of your pipes and the resulting water damage, our technicians may recommend replacing the entire line that’s leaking. This is typically the preferred option for older plumbing systems that have a history of leaking.
- Epoxy Pipe Coating: If small, pinhole leaks are the culprit, in-place epoxy pipe coating may be your best option. The epoxy is applied to the inside of the plumbing, coating the pipes with a strong and leak-proof epoxy resin.
Reasons to Get Repairs Fast
If you have the slightest inkling of a slab leak, contact Lex’s Plumbing right away. Slab leaks will not go away on their own. In fact, they will only get worse over time, which means more structural damage, higher water bills, and ultimately more expensive plumbing repair costs.