If you are researching for this information, then your home is likely in a state of emergency. In this article, you will find valuable information to assist you in making a repair decision for your home.
What is the least invasive approach of repairing a slab leak in Phoenix possible?
There are two general ways to repair a slab leak. The first method involves locating precisely where the leak is located under the home’s slab, and excavating down to the faulty section of water line to make a repair. This approach of repairing a slab leak in Phoenix is known as a spot repair. Often times, this method requires demolition of more than just a home’s concrete slab, but also anything else in the way, such as kitchen cabinets. Depending on the demolition required, the reconstruction costs associated with a spot repair can vary considerably. Due to the fairly destructive nature of this style of a repair, it is usually the more invasive approach.
The second method of repairing a slab leak in Phoenix involve intercepting the faulty water line at its point of origin, and running a new line to the final destination entirely. This water line is ran above ground, and this repair method is known as a reroute. The new water line, almost always of a polymer based material, is usually ran through the home’s walls and/or attic. Not only are polymer water lines cheaper than their copper counterparts, but they are also immune to the deterioration that copper water lines are very susceptible to. Not only does the value associated with this latter repair option superior to that of the former, as an entire new water line is gained here, but the repair is almost always less invasive. Occasionally, however, due to space constraints, such as in vertical duplex homes, a reroute is not possible. If not rerouted, it is not unusual for a water line to develop yet another leak in the future. For this reason, abandoning a leaking copper water line is very advantageous, whenever possible.
Are copper and polymer based water lines my only two options?
The short answer to this question is “Yes”. There are, however, a few different options for the polymer based water lines. The most common material is known as crosslinked polyethylene, referred to as PEX. Unlike ridged polymer piping, such as PVC and ABS, PEX is a flexible material, ideal for custom rerouting a water lines. A far more costly alternative to PEX, known as polypropylene pipe, or PP, is preferred by some due to its composition being entirely nonharmful chemicals. While PEX does contain chemicals that could be harmful if introduced to the human body exclusively, there is no proof that these chemicals enter the water that runs through the PEX piping. Furthermore, PEX is approved for use in all 50 U.S. states. Due to its low cost, as well as its retrofitting abilities, PEX is universally accepted as the primary material used to replace water lines.
We hope that this information helps you move forward with a repair on your home with the confidence that you are making an informed decision. If you need help finding a leak, let us know, we are always here to help