When dealing with a slab leak as a homeowner, it’s typically best to hire a professional plumber who has expertise in this area. Here are some common methods used for repairing slab leaks:
- Leak detection: The plumber will use specialized equipment to locate the exact source of the leak. This may involve using electronic leak detection devices, thermal imaging, or other methods.
- Repiping or rerouting: Depending on the severity and location of the leak, the plumber may recommend repiping or rerouting the affected pipes. This involves accessing the pipes beneath the slab and replacing them with new ones. In some cases, the plumber may suggest rerouting the pipes around the slab or reroute above through the attic to avoid future issues.
- Tunneling: In cases where access to the leaking pipes is limited, the plumber may opt for tunneling. This involves creating a tunnel beneath the slab to access the pipes, allowing for repairs or replacement.
- Slab penetration: For severe leaks, the plumber may need to create openings in the slab to access and repair the pipes. After the repairs are completed, the openings will be professionally patched and restored.
It’s important to consult with a professional plumber from Sunrise Plumbing who can assess the situation and recommend the most suitable repair method based on your specific circumstances.