Slab leaks are often the culprit if you notice an unexplained increase in your water bill and have ruled out common sources of leaks such as your toilets or outdoor faucets. It is not always easy for a homeowner to determine where leaks from pipes running under your slab foundation may be located. In some cases, you might see wet spots or feel hot areas on your floor that may point to where the leak may be located.
What If There Is No Evidence of Slab Leaks?
You do not want to have floors ripped up in search of a leak without a confirmation of where the leak is located. This will cause you unnecessary expense and inconvenience. Instead, slab leaks can be detected using state-of-the-art tools such as electromagnetic pipeline locators or electronic amplification equipment. Once the leaks have been located through these non-invasive methods, you will be offered options in how to repair the leak.
What Are Your Repair Options for Slab Leaks?
You might have several options to choose from when it comes to determining the best way to repair your leak. However, not all options may be applicable to your specific job.
- Spot repairs: This is the most cost effective method for newer homes. The slab will be opened in the location of the leak and then the leaking pipe will be repaired.
- Rerouting or repiping: For older homes, it may be advisable to replace the entire leaking pipeline, especially if the plumbing system has a history of leaks.
- Epoxy pipe coating: The existing piping is coated from the inside with an epoxy coating. This method is often advisable for systems that have multiple small leaks or when it is inconvenient to break through the slab.
Are Slab Leaks Covered Under Your Homeowners’ Insurance?
In some cases, your insurance company may cover the cost to detect slab leaks, dry out and mold remediation, and to return the area to its prior condition before the leak. However, insurance may not cover the costs of the actual plumbing repair.