The majority of piping in your home is located in a hard-to-reach area. And perhaps the toughest area to reach is a hot or cold water pipe under the concrete slab in your home. Slab leak repair is difficult, but does it have to be destructive? While you can expect some amount of trouble, there are ways to ease the work of a slab leak repair, reduce costs, and keep much of your flooring intact.
Today, we address different methods of slab leak repair. For more information or to schedule an appointment with a company that has high-tech slab leak detection equipment in Riverside, call the friendly team at Allstar Home Services.
What makes slab leak repair so complicated?
Repairing a slab leak often requires digging up the concrete slab foundation in your home. And this doesn’t necessarily mean that a plumber can go into an unused area of the home, like a crawlspace, to start digging. Often, pipes are located directly under a living space or the kitchen or bathroom floor. They’ll need to remove the flooring and use a jackhammer, potentially for several sections of pipe and many parts of your home.
The total cost of slab leak repair is exaggerated when you also have to worry about renovating the flooring. But there may be a reasonable and preferable alternative in many cases.
Is rerouting the pipes an option for you?
It is often possible to reroute the pipes into the walls or through the attic rather than repairing a slab leak. In other words, a plumber may have to dig up part of the piping to diagnose the problem. However, if the plumber determines that the pipes are leaking in more ways than one—if pipes are corroding and in need of major repair or replacement—it makes more sense to abandon them, rerouting the pipes elsewhere.
What materials are used for rerouting pipes?
PEX tubing is a flexible piping that is used to move pipes into difficult areas. You shouldn’t worry about the material leaking water any time soon. It is resistant to cold weather, as it expands and contracts with temperature changes, just like the water inside. In fact, PEX tubing tends to last longer than metal pipes. It’s not prone to reactions that may cause the tiny pinhole leaks that develop in copper piping.
Do you have to destroy the walls?
Upon hearing about the rerouting process, many people wonder whether the walls will need to be destroyed, rather than the flooring. Unfortunately, sometimes, this is the case. However, this renovation tends to be easier than a renovation to your flooring. Ultimately, you’ll want to discuss your concerns with your plumber to find out the extent of damage you can expect to your home and learn about all of your options. A slab leak is not something you can put up with for long, as it can cause extensive damage (not to mention all the water waste).
For plumbing services in Riverside, CA, call the experts at Allstar Home Services today. We offer professional slab leak detection and repairs.