A typical slab leak can resemble other plumbing problems, making this issue difficult to diagnose. The following symptoms are common of slab leaks:
If the soil on your property is expansive, saturation can cause the soil to heave. When the ground beneath your home moves or shifts, this often causes serious damage to your foundation. Buckling, cracking and other problems may lead to cosmetic and structural damage. If the leak enters your home, your belongings are likely to become damaged or destroyed.
There are many methods for repairing slab leaks, some more invasive than others. Depending on the type of leak and the location, your plumber may choose from one of these techniques:
Cut open the foundation and fix the pipe: This is a common method for fixing newer pipes in more modern homes.
Repiping the entire line: This method is commonly used in older homes where leaks are a frequent and chronic problem.
Pipe coating: This treatment is used in the case of pipes that can’t easily or cost-effectively be repaired by opening up the foundation. The pipe is fixed from within, using an epoxy pipe coating.
Contact an experienced and qualified plumber at the first signs of trouble: Plumbers have special, non-invasive equipment that can be used to make a definitive diagnoses. Pressure gauges, electronic amplification equipment, camera inspections and electromagnetic pipeline locators are all examples of the devices used to detect and locate a leak beneath your foundation.
If your home suffers damage, contact your insurance company: Not all homeowners insurance policies will cover this type of damage. However, there are documented cases of homeowners successfully filing claims for damage from slab leaks. Read through your insurance policy carefully, and contact your insurance agent for help.
If you’re concerned that your home in punta gorda has a slab leak, or that there is a leak elsewhere on your property, reach out to us. We’re happy to help!