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Apr 17

Slab Leak Repair Solutions

If you need repair to your slab leak, you'll be faced with a few decisions. Repairing it or not should not be one of these decisions, as the possibility of property damage that could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and even more.


It will depend on the material, age as well as the condition of the home's plumbing system in order to decide if it is necessary to fix or replace a portion or the entire the repiping.

The most important decision you will make is about the business that will perform the work. You should seek estimates and opinions from several companies when you have the task of slab leak repair. Find references and check them with care.

Trustworthiness is a key factor in your choice. Another will be the way they propose to do it. The majority of contractors will have their preferred method. Request them to explain how they located the leak precisely so that they won't be digging to find it when they start digging.

Three of the most common techniques for fixing slab leaks are used by our plumbers. They include tunneling, pipe routing and breaking concrete slabs from the top. After carefully examining the project and weighing the potential for complications that may arise, we provide our recommendations.

No matter what method is used, this job should be handled by an experienced professional plumber who is licensed. Here are the results.


1. Repiping/pipe routing

Sometimes, it is better to stay clear of digging, and instead redirect the plumbing above the ground. For example in the event that a tiny section of pipe is the issue and can be worked through by installing new plumbing lines, rerouting may provide a quicker and less disruptive solution.

In some instances like when a plumbing line in a home is encased by concrete and cannot be reached without destroying the slab, it could be advisable to redo the whole house. The lines for water supply can be connected to the slab instead of under it. The plumber will decide the locations where pipes can be put in, for example, in walls, through the attic and closets, as well as other buildings that could conceal and safeguard it. In some cases, a little creative woodworking can add a new feature like crown molding, which hides the pipes.

The water is still flowing through the old pipe while new lines are put in place, so you don't have to leave while the work is completed. Then, the old lines are shut off , while the new ones will be opened.

2. Break the Slab

The closest distance to the cause of the issue could be straight through the slab of concrete, but that also may be the most disruptive and expensive. As a result, we will cut through the slab when other options aren't feasible or less appealing due to some reason. There is no one size that fits all.

Likewise, foundation building repair companies advise that no slab is alike as they are built to suit the site, specifically in consideration of the soil type and depth. A Dallas foundation repair company head claims that "...breaking into flat slabs that are structurally suspended should not occur ..." even if repaired patches are secured.

There are some disadvantages to breaking through the slab. Most important of all, you'll have to be able to move to a different area during the time work is being completed - the water has to be shut off, the noise of saws and jackhammers are loud, and the dust in the air requires you to cover the entire area.

Additionally, the soil that is removed either is left in a big pile at your house while work continues or is taken out with wheelbarrows. It is typically essential to replace flooring in the affected areas (it could be difficult or impossible to match some hardwoods or tile) along with extra costs for accommodations and meals. As should be apparent, cutting through a slab to repair a leak could be very costly.

3. Tunneling Beneath the Slab

We have found that tunneling underneath the slab has a myriad of benefits for homeowners:

  • you are free to stay in your home during work progress,

  • the mess is kept outside of your home, and

  • It's often the most affordable option.

Tunneling is preferred by most homeowners, especially if expensive flooring employed. If you break through the slab, it could result in damage to a portion of the flooring, or even a whole room.

While some plumbers are able to dig their tunnels on their own, others employ engineers to assist in the digging and verify their work. Structural integrity is crucial for plumbers working in a tunnel that could extend far beneath an apartment - we've worked in tunnels as long as 100 feet. Tunnels are 3'x3' in size to give enough room for work.

Properly replacing the dirt that was taken away is vital. When the new plumbing is been installed and tested we refill the tunnel with the soil we removed previously. We dampen the soil as we go, and then use the metal stamps to pound it firmly back into place.

4. Trenchless Pipe Repair Pipe Lining and Pipe Bursting

Pipe lining, also known as the cured in place pipe (CIPP) is now an increasingly popular choice for homeowners because it involves no trenching or digging to gain access to the troublesome area. It's a simple process. Water lines that are damaged can be fixed by covering the inside of the pipe with epoxy that hardens and sets to create a new pipe.

Underground pipes that are damaged by corrosion, or have holes or cracks are the principal candidates for this kind repair. The first step is to use a cutting tool that takes out debris and buildup before the line is rinsed. The liner is coated with resin before being inserted into the pipe. A tube that is inflatable is inserted into the pipe at the end. It is dried in a couple of hours, forming a new plastic pipe within the damaged pipe.

The process is not as reliable as it seems. Some contractors are not confident enough to offer a warranty. When epoxy does not adhere to the wall of the pipe properly or the coating isn't spread evenly, issues can arise. This image was provided by a firm that specializes in repiping buildings for apartments. The liner is beginning to break down within two years.


Since no heat is employed, subsequent leaks are more difficult to fix. It is possible to re-pipe the problem in the same way as it might have been at the beginning.

Pipe bursting, also known as pipe splitting, is often utilized to replace damaged water lines. It's also a trenchless procedure but instead of epoxy lining the insides of damaged water lines the new pipe that has the "burstinghead" is used to insert a pipe slightly larger than the pipe. As the pipe is pulled or forced through, the original pipe gets destroyed.  You can come and learn more on our website at:

Focused Plumbing

Address:  519 W Lake Dr Edwardsville, IL 62025

Phone:  618-418-3102