We had a customer we did a slab leak repair for in Phoenix last week, and before we started the job, the customer asked what could possibly go wrong with a slab leak repair? This is not only a very good question, but also an extremely important one. As a homeowner, it is your right to know what could go wrong when someone is doing a major repair on your property, because it can affect the value of your property and could cause more damage if the repair is not done correctly. In this article, we will discuss what can go wrong with a slab leak repair and what is the correct way of repairing a slab leak in Phoenix.
Majority of the time, slab leak repairs can go wrong because of the inexperience of the Service Professional. In order to do a slab leak repair effectively, the Service Professional should know what is the correct way is of detecting the slab leak, what the risks involved are in not doing the repair and what the correct way is of doing the repair.
The correct way of doing leak detection
When you have a slab leak in Phoenix, the Service Professional should make sure that the correct leak detection equipment is used to detect the leak. What do I mean by that? If, for example, you have a slab leak, but don’t feel hot spots anywhere, thermal imaging leak detection would not be the best leak detection method. Thermal imaging is only used for a hot water leak and the imaging could indicate exactly where the leak is located. With a cold water leak, the thermal images would not pick up hotspots and would not be able to detect the leak. When the Service Professional needs leak detection to locate the leaks, make sure he explains to you why and what type of method would be the best to locate the leak.
What are the risks involved in not repairing a slab leak in Phoenix
The following problems can occur if a slab leak is not repaired in time or left to fix at a later stage:
Damage to the structure of the home
When a slab leak is left to be dealt with at a later stage, it will cause more and more damage to the foundation above the leak. The moisture of the leak will spread through the foundation of the property. This can cause the foundation to crack, to settle unevenly and can even cause pitting. If left for too long, it can even have to effect the foundation breaking apart. It can cause water damage to the floor in the form of damage to the foundation, damage to the carpet or tiles or in extreme cases some form of growth because of the moisture.
A sudden slab leak can lead to an increase in your water bill, possibly an increase in your electric bill in the case of a hot water slab leak, and costly repairs to the damage caused by the slab leak. This includes costs such as repairs to the foundation, repairs to water damage, and the removal of growth should there be any. Therefore, it is financially extremely important to attend to a slab leak the moment you realize there is one.
Once you have a slab leak underneath your foundation, the moisture of the leak will come up through the flooring. This can cause the growth of toxic growth substances such as mold and other viruses anywhere around the property. This can cause serious health defects such as asthma, allergies, headaches and can even make breathing more difficult. Other viruses can cause other illnesses for people as well as their pets.
The best way to repair a slab leak in Phoenix
Currently there are two possible ways to repair a slab leak: To repair it through the slab or to do a re-route of the waterline.
Repair through the slab
To do a slab leak repair through the slab, the floor would need to be jackhammered up through the concrete to the break in the waterline. This has a lot of demolition work involved and can cause a lot of dust in your house if not properly contained. If your house was built prior to 1981, your house was built with asbestos containing materials. Thus, if your slab leak repair is not properly contained, it could release dust containing asbestos if not, properly contained. This method is preferred if your house has no attic or if you live in a condo with a unit above or below your unit. The other issue with this method is that you are only fixing the current spot leaking in the waterline. Seeing that the line is already leaking in one spot, it will most likely start leaking in another spot soon.
To do a waterline re-route the old waterline is disconnected in the wall and sealed off. A new waterline is installed running through the attic of the house. This normally is the preferred method of fixing a slab leak as it will allow for a brand new waterline to be installed and it will allow the Service Professional to use a better material for the waterline. The only time this will not be the preferred method of repairing a slab leak is if the house does not have an attic or if it is an apartment with a unit above or below.
We know that the best way to take a care of any problem is to make sure we know how to locate the problem, what the risks involved are and what is the best way of taking care of the problem. We here at Legendary Home Services have made it our passion to be the leading experts in slab leak repairs in Phoenix. We have an in-house training program that focuses on new ways to fix your issues quicker and more effectively. If you have a slab leak or any questions about a slab leak, let us know, we’re here to help.