Slab Leak Repair 101 – Colleyville, TX
Part of a series on Slab Leak Detection & Repair
Part 4: How Slab Leaks Are Repaired
OK, so you’ve not just imagining it:
You have a slab leak.
And to protect your property, your health and your water bill, you’ve got to be like Dr. Lilburn Howard Colley–the prominent physician from which Colleyville, Texas gets its name–and put an aggressive treatment plan into motion.
That’s admittedly a bit of a stretch. Or is it?
As far as ailments to a home go, we already know that slab leaks have the potential to be some of the most serious.
So, let’s attack:
Just like those local pros are known the world over for their incredible feats, the neighborhood specialists at Master Repair Plumbing can handle the crucial task of fixing a slab leak with exceptional poise and proficiency.
Here’s how we do it:
Direct access repair
As the pipes are located within the home’s foundation, jackhammers and other tools clear away the concrete (usually to the tune of a 4-foot by 4-foot hole) to get to the leaking section of pipe, in order to cut that offending section out and replace it.
This method protects the all-important foundation by requiring very little demolition to the home. Two holes are all the contractor needs to gain access to the leak to make the repair. In these situations, epoxy is installed and cured over the leak, restoring a healthy connection.
In the case of multiple leaks, replacing the pipe (or pipes) with all-new piping and fittings may be necessary. It’s an aggressive, long-term solution to stopping future leaks, but it also requires labor-intensive, foundation-jackhammering demolition, and is only recommended when short spans of piping are needing replacement.
Sometimes, it’s better to just go a different route. With a reroute, the underground pipes are all together nixed, in favor of a new line, installed above ground.
Here’s what you do:
Call the Colleyville pros at Master Plumbing Repair to figure out which of these methods makes the most sense for your home or business, and then take action.
And taking action doesn’t mean taking unnecessary (and costly) risks, as we’ll learn in the final installment of our series.