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Slab Leak Detection


The ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of Slab Leak Detection and Repair

At Scott English Plumbing, one of our most frequent jobs is leak detection. Checking for slab leaks in the plumbing system of your house is crucial to keep things safe and in working order. If you are unsure about whether there is a leak going on, just give our plumbing contractors a call and we can both spot the problem and repair it so everything is good as new!

How Do I Know If I Have a Slab Leak?

This frequently asked question has a number of answers. First of all, is your water bill unexplainably higher than normal? Do you feel dampness or wetness on the floor? Is there water coming up through your foundation? All these are signs that you have a slab leak in your house’s plumbing. Whether the leak is in the pressured potable water line or the sanitary sewer line, our leak detection services will find the leak for you and fix it – guaranteed. We’re the detectives of plumbing when it comes to spotting those dangerous leaks.

Critical Home Information

A leak can lead to numerous dangers and damages. Detecting the leak and having it fixed early on by a plumbing contractor is absolutely essential. If the leak is allowed to continue, it can damage the foundation of your home as well as your floors and surfaces. It can cause rust and damage on the pipes and can lead to far more expensive and difficult repairs later on.

What Causes 90% of Slab Leaks?

If it is a leak in the water line, some of the most common causes are:

  • Poor Workmanship
  • Shifting of the foundation
  • Roots
  • Water Chemistry
  • Water Velocity

If it is a leak in the sanitary sewer line, usual causes are:

  • Chemicals or cleaning solutions
  • Rust
  • Poor workmanship
  • Roots
  • Shifting of the foundation

How Is a Slab Leak Repaired?

With “direct access repair” we cut the cement slab and repair the leaking pipe. We then test the system for any additional leaks to make sure everything is running perfectly. Then we compact the hole and re-lay new concrete, fixing it all up so it is good as new.

Another option we offer is to re-route the line. This means we take a full section of the line and replace it from one manifold above the slab to another. An example of this would be if a line running from the water heater to the kitchen faucet were leaking. We would re-route the line from the water heater to the manifold located behind the kitchen sink.

Which method of plumbing repair would be the more efficient and cost-effective will depend on the situation and the size of the slab leak.


To find out more about other FAQs on plumbing problems, read these FAQs below:

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• Hydro Jetting FAQs
• Slab Leak Detection FAQs
• Sump Pump FAQs
• Water Leak Detection FAQs
• Water Softener FAQs
• Simple Answers to Kitchen Sink Questions FAQs
• Water Heater FAQs
• Plumbing Leak Repair FAQ
• Trenchless Sewer Repair FAQ
• Water Leak Detection FAQ