Slab Leak Detection and Repairs

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Slab leaks can be some of the most dangerous because they are often hidden. By the time you notice something is wrong, there can be extensive water damage to your San Fernando Valley home or business.

At Kurt Bohmer Plumbing, our plumbers use advanced leak detection equipment to find the source of slab leaks and resolve them using the most appropriate slab leak repairs. 

What Is a Slab Leak?

A slab leak is a water leak that occurs in the pipes underneath a structure’s concrete foundation. It can be caused by corrosion, shifting soil, or other types of damage to the pipes, resulting in water pooling beneath and around the foundation.

Slab leaks can cause significant structural or water damage to your home or business if left untreated, and it is often difficult to pinpoint their location without advanced equipment.

Common Signs of Slab Leaks

  • Increased Water Bills: A sudden and unexplained increase in water bills can indicate a slab leak. This is usually caused by the leaking water running continuously without being noticed.
  • Wet or Hot Spots on Floors: If you notice wet spots, discoloration, or hot areas on your floors, this could indicate a slab leak below the floorboards.
  • Low Water Pressure: Sudden drops in water pressure often signal a slab leak because the pipe restricts the water flow from reaching its intended destination.
  • Unusual Sounds: If you hear strange gurgling, bubbling, or hissing noises coming from your walls or floors, there may be a slab leak causing air bubbles to form in the pipes below your foundation.
  • Mold Growth: The presence of mold can indicate excess moisture caused by a slab leak beneath the surface of the structure’s foundation.
  • Wet Spots or Water Flowing from the Sides of the Foundation: Leaking water will often seep from around the foundation of a structure and eventually become evident with wet spots or pooling water.

How Does a Slab Leak Occur?

Slab leaks can be caused by many factors, including corrosion of the pipes due to age, shifting soil around the foundation causing pipes to become misaligned, or damage from construction work. Other common causes include high water pressure, poor pipe installation, and faulty pipe materials.

What Should I Do If I Suspect a Slab Leak?

If you suspect a slab leak, it is important to contact one of our qualified plumbing technicians in San Fernando Valley as soon as possible. They can accurately diagnose the issue and provide an appropriate slab leak repair solution. If left unchecked, a slab leak can cause serious structural and water damage to your home or business.

How Are Slab Leak Repairs Made?

Depending on the severity and location of your leak, the Kurt Bohmer team will apply the most appropriate solution, which may include:

  • Pipe Replacement: If the pipe is severely corroded or damaged, it may need to be completely replaced to stop the leak. This involves digging up the slab and replacing the pipes with new ones.
  • Pipe Relining: A flexible lining is inserted into the existing pipe. The lining is then inflated and hardened, creating a new watertight seal inside the old piping system.
  • Epoxy Injection: Epoxy injection effectively repairs small cracks in pipes without replacing them entirely. An epoxy resin is injected into the affected area and allowed to harden, forming a strong bond that seals off any leaks and prevents further damage from occurring.
  • Pipe Rerouting: Pipe rerouting is a process in which the existing piping system is modified and redirected to another area of the home. This can be used as an alternative to replacing or relining older pipes, and can help reduce costs associated with slab leak repairs.
  • Re-Slabbing: In some cases, if a large portion of your foundation needs to be repaired due to severe damage from a slab leak, you may need to have it re-slabbed with new concrete for repairs to take effect properly.

Schedule Slab Leak Repairs Today

If you suspect you have a slab leak, contact Kurt Bohmer Plumbing today. Serving parts of Los Angeles County, including the San Fernando Valley, our licensed plumbers will determine if there is a leak, and will discuss the slab leak repairs your home or business needs.

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