Slab Leak Inspection and Repairs
Slab Inspections and Leak Repairs Maintain Your Property’s Foundation.
The Plumbing, Sewer and Drain Repair Doctors Slab Leak Inspection and Repairs Can Save Your Property’s Foundation
Residential and commercial properties in Columbus, Ohio are typically built on top of a concrete slab foundation, which is essentially several layers of concrete laid on top of crushed gravel. Before the laying of your property’s foundation, pipes are placed underneath and these pipes can deteriorate over time due to pressure or corrosion. If there is a leak underneath your slab foundation, the soil underneath it could shift, or the slab could crack, making living or working on your property extremely hazardous.
Leaks under concrete foundations must be repaired as soon as they are detected or repairs can be extremely expensive. As well, only professionals with the expertise and technology to repair foundations, like The Plumbing, Sewer and Drain Repair Doctors, can detect leaks and fix them quickly and without major property excavation.
Signs Indicating a Slab Leak
The pipes underneath concrete foundations have a large volume of water flowing through them but signs of slab leaks can be fairly undetectable to the untrained eye. We recommend routine slab leak inspections to avoid property damage and high water bills. If any of the following is happening in your residence or commercial property, call The Plumbing, Sewer and Drain Repair Doctors right away for our leak detection services.
Water Bill Spiking and/or Water Pressure Dropping
If you notice that there is a large spike in your water bill, this may be because of a slab leak. If there are no other visible leaks in your home, the pipes underneath your property could be running water into the ground or into your foundation at all times. This would account for the large increase in your bill. This would also be the cause of water pressure in your home dropping as the pipes are not receiving their full capacity of water flow if some is escaping.
Mildew/Moisture and/or Bad Odor around Walls, Basements and Under Carpets
Either through condensation or leaks sending water through the foundation and into your property, water can collect inside walls or in basements and under carpets, growing mold and mildew. If you find mold growing near the bottom levels of your property, you may have a leak in the piping beneath the slab. The mold and mildew there can produce foul smells and seriously impact the health of those living and working around it.
Cracks in Walls and Raised Floors
The water from a leak underneath your foundation can erode and distort the materials that make up your home. Structural damage may occur if the soil underneath the slab expands, raising the floors, or collapses, breaking the foundation and the pipes underneath. If you are finding cracks in your walls from the base or raised sections of floors on the bottom level on the property, a slab leak is more than likely the cause.
Warm Sections of Floor or the Constant Sound of Water Running
Hot water leaks underneath the slab will warm a section of the floor above it. This is a tell tale sign that the pipes under your foundation have been damaged and are leaking. Continued hot water leakages from these pipes can be especially costly on your water and energy bills. As well, if you can hear the sound of water running in your property, even if there are no visible water sources running, then you may have a slab leak to deal with.
The Plumbing, Sewer and Drain Repair Doctors Can Accurately Detect Slab Leaks and Eliminate Guesswork
Using advanced detection methods, we can accurately find the source of a leak underneath your foundation without the need for exploratory excavation. If someone else in Columbus Ohio tells you that they need to break through your concrete foundation in order to find the leak, call The Plumbing, Sewer and Drain Repair Doctors instead. There is no need to guess where leaks are in your sewer line.
Sewer camera inspections are just one of the ways we utilize our technology and expertise to detect leaks along pipelines. With a small camera at the end, we can string a long fiber optic cable through your lines from any access point, inside or outside the home. The camera will send back images of the line for our technicians and you to see, recording the length of the pipe as it goes.
With a visual of the leak and its exact location down the line, we’ll know just where to go to work. As well, if some lines are inaccessible to sewer cameras, there are special listening devices like geophones and radar detectors that will locate leaks along the slab or elsewhere on the property. Our experts are trained to use this technology to listen for and pinpoint a leak through layers of concrete and soil.
How Do The Plumbing, Sewer and Drain Repair Doctors Fix Slab Leaks?
Depending on the amount of damage done to sewer lines underneath home and commercial foundations, we can use a variety of methods to fix or replace pipes without having to break up and remove the slab. Traditionally, repairing a slab leak would involve tearing out large sections of the foundation in order to get at the pipes but The Plumbing, Sewer and Drain Repair Doctors has many more options for you to choose from that won’t involve major destruction of your property.
CIPP, or Cured-in-Place-Pipe
With this method, we can run a special liner along the pipeline that will expand and seal any leaks along the line. When the liner is introduced the pipeline it is expanded and epoxy resin is activated, creating an air and water tight seal that will last much longer than the original pipe would have. This method will permanently fix slab leaks.
When the pipe is large enough to fit another pipe inside of it, we can feed a new pipe into the problem pipe, effectively rerouting the water flow through the new and intact pipe. The slip lining method can permanently fix slab leaks because you will have a brand new pipe in place of the broken or corroded one.
As well, The Plumbing, Sewer and Drain Repair Doctors can completely remove and replace your problem pipes without digging them up or breaking through your slab. Fragile pipes can be destroyed by a special pipe bursting head introduced on one end of the pipe and then pulled along the line from the other end. As the pipe bursting head destroys the old pipe, it pulls a new one into place behind it.
This method is the fastest way to remove old piping and replace it. Pipe bursting also avoids any expensive major excavations on our property.
Slab Leaks Need to Be Detected and Repaired Immediately
The foundation is one of the most important supports for the structural integrity for your property. If you experience any of the above signs of slab leaks in your home or commercial space, you need to call The Plumbing, Sewer and Drain Repair Doctors for repairs. Unrepaired slab leaks can cause ground heaving or collapse the foundation which will shift the rest of the structure built on top of it and cause massive destruction.
Keep your property safe and sound with vigilant slab leak detection and efficient noninvasive repairs. Call The Plumbing, Sewer and Drain Repair Doctors Today!