Slab Leak Detection

Slab Leak Detection

Slab Leak DetectionUnfortunately, many homeowners don’t realize they have a potential slab leak situation until some major damage occurs to the home.

Many homes built in the Southwest United States in the mid-eighties were built with a concrete slab foundation and soft copper water pipes under the slab.

The slightest ridge or kink within the pipe will tend to wear down until it wears through, resulting in a crack or “pinhole leak” in the pipe.

It is usually the hot water pipe that is the first to go, since this pipe is subject to the expansion and contraction that accompanies heating and cooling.

Slab leak detection involves using a leak detector to locate, within three feet, the source of the leak.  Then the carpeting, furniture, cabinets, etc. are ripped away and a jackhammer is used to break through the concrete slab.

Once the leak is found and a patch applied, new concrete is poured and the flooring is restored.

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