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Slab Leak - Detection & Repair

Slab leaks are a fairly common problem but definitely not that easy to be located.

In fact, it often could happen that if identified a bit too late, a considerable damage has already been done, because they are located deep underground. When this type of leakage occurs, it is essential to have it repaired as soon as possible in order to protect your home and save yourself all the stress and unnecessary expenses. By now you have probably started to wonder what is causing this sort of damage and what you can do to limit it. Here we have summarized the most common causes for slab leaks.

A slab leak happens when the pipes in the water lines under your home burst, break, rust or rupture. It’s not an actual leak in the slab, it’s a leak in the pipes under the concrete slab of your house. This can cause some major, expensive problems!

Our expertise and industry-leading technology enable us to locate hidden leaks anywhere.

If you hear water running, even though all faucets are turned off, there could be a water line leak within the slab. If you can feel a warm spot on the floor inside the house, that could mean you have leak somewhere in the hot water line. Another way to tell you may have a slab leak is if your water bill has significantly increased or your water meter is spinning, but no water is running inside or outside your property.

ASAP Plumbing and AC uses leak detection to pinpoint where the breakage is located and will do proper repairs in a timely matter. We can do a re-route to permanently eliminate the slab leak issue from occurring over and over. Identifying leaks early can save money, reduce damage and protect your property.

Soil Corrosion

Your underground water pipes make a direct contact with the soil, surrounding your home. Soil chemicals and some types of metal pipes can interact, which leads to corrosion of the water lines, meaning their internal and external walls start to break down over time. Hot water lines are more likely to corrode from the outside in due to heat effect and chemicals contained in the soil. Cold water lines tend to deteriorate from the inside out, the cause of which is electrolysis happening inside the pipe.


Abrasion

As water runs through the plumbing system, vibrations, contracting and expansion of the pipes may occur. This process could result in the pipes rubbing against abrasive metal such as gravel, concrete or rebar, which causes gradual abrasion. This constant process eventually will grate the pipe until it creates a leak.


Pressure

Water pipes may experience a lot of pressure from earthquakes, poor constriction or shifting of the foundation over the years. Under all these conditions pipes can be creased or crushed, causing them to spring a major leak.


Now that you are aware of the possible reasons, there are a few things that could give you a hint if you have this issue present at home. If you notice any cracks in the flooring, excessive moisture and strange odor in the home interior, or your water bills are higher than usual, you should have it checked immediately.

For slab leak detection and repair with the least destructive methods for your home and at a fair price, give us a call! We are available to all customers in Chandler, Scottsdale, Tucson, Gilbert, Glendale and Phoenix area and ready to provide them with high-quality plumbing services!

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