As a homeowner, no one wants to have to deal with a slab leak. Not only is it inconvenient to deal with your home being turned into a construction zone, but no unexpected cost is ever invited into anyone’s life. In this article, we are going to dissect the cost of repairing a slab leak in Phoenix.
Are some slab leaks more costly to address than others?
The answer to this question is “Yes”. The amount of work involved in repairing a slab leak varies greatly from case to case. Furthermore, the cost greatly depends on the type of repair completed. There are two main options when repairing a slab leak. The first involves physically excavating down to the suspect water line, cutting out the faulty section, and replacing it. This is commonly referred to as a spot repair. The second involves abandoning the suspect water line, and rerouting it with an entirely new line. This option is commonly referred to as a reroute. While the former option sounds like it may be more work, it often is not. The latter option, whenever possible, is widely considered the more desirable one, as here a water line that has already displayed failure is forever forgotten about. This option of complete replacement, while it avoids invasive demolition of the concrete slab, typically requires cutting into drywall to some extent. If your home was built prior to 1981, then there is a good chance that it was built using building materials containing asbestos. If this is the case, then it is always a good idea to choose a company trained and certified in handling these potentially harmful minerals. The precautions when handling asbestos involves careful dust control. Even if your home is newer, keeping your home dust free during the repair process is always favorable, so using a company competent in dust control always makes sense anyway.
Is the same material used for every repair?
There are actually a few different pipe material options when repairing a slab leak in Phoenix. If the intervention method is a spot repair, then copper is used. If a reroute is performed, then crosslinked polyethylene, commonly known as “PEX”, is usually used. This polymer based material is not only much cheaper than copper, but is far more durable than copper. Unlike copper, PEX is not susceptible to corrosion due to hard water, which is a very common cause of the slab leaks here in Phoenix in the first place.
So, what sort of price range can I expect?
Obviously the length and accessibility when performing a reroute has great influence on repair cost. Whether the same company will be used for reconstruction or not, these expenses should be taken into consideration as well. If a spot repair is the only viable option, and the excavation results in demolition of kitchen cabinets, for instance, then the reconstruction costs associated with the repair could easily exceed that of the plumbing repairs themselves. From our experience, 90% of the actual plumbing repairs range anywhere from $1,000.00 to $4,000.00.
Should you feel you need help with a slab leak repair, let us know, we are always here to help.