Where do you start when dealing with a possible slab leak in Tempe? Encountering a sudden leak at home can be very stressful. In this article, we will address how to find the right contractor and what you may encounter throughout the repair process.
Can I use one company for both leak detection and repair for my slab leak?
This can vary depending on the company you contract with, but in most cases you can use one company for both detection and repair of your slab leak. Most companies do hire a subcontractor to perform leak detection, but many can detect a slab leak within their company. If you choose a company that performs leak detection in-house, it may save you money during the process overall. Most companies that perform their own leak detection will apply the cost of leak detection to the repair cost. Calling a company that only performs leak detection and cannot assist in the repair can be costly, as most companies will need to verify the leak themselves.
Is a high water bill an indication of a slab leak?
A high water bill can be an indication of a slab leak, but there can be other causes as well. Many different types of leaks can significantly add to a water bill, such as a constantly running toilet, pool or spa leaks, main water service leaks, and irrigation faults. There are also many leaks, including slab leaks, that can be small enough to not cause a high water bill. To determine if your high water bill is due to a slab leak, it is best to have leak detection performed by a professional. Leak detection is the first step in determining what factors are influencing your water bill. This will either confirm a slab leak, or locate the source of the problem.
What is involved in a slab leak repair in Tempe?
There are two main methods to repair a slab leak: excavating down to the leak and replacing the weak section of the water line, and abandoning the leaking water line and bypassing it with an entirely new water line. Excavation is significantly more invasive, as well as less reliable. When you repair the weakest point of the water line, it renders the next weakest point vulnerable. A new line, when possible, can be rerouted above ground. The new line is made of a polymer based material, which is much more durable than the old copper water line. The direct costs for both options are often comparable, but the more valuable option avoids the necessity for reconstruction after the repair is made.
If your home was built prior to 1981, there is a high possibility it was built with asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos must be handled by a trained and certified professional, which is not the case with all plumbing companies. At Legendary Home Services, we ensure proper care with older homes.