Specialized Plumbing Services
Lic. # 262660 EXP
Lic. # 745260 EXP
Lic. # 926910
Slab Leak, Electronic Leak Detection, Water Heaters and Complete Residential Plumbing
Plumber Service in Orange County
Now Serving Murrieta - Temecula and Surrounding Area
10 year labor, 25 yr pex pipe, 50 yr techtite fittings warranty on all Pex repipes and reroutes
When water is coming from the walls, carpets are wet, and damage occurs, it is a stressful situation......
We are here to help.
**Leak detection fees apply and quoted before performed**
THESE ARE THE STEPS YOU SHOULD TAKE.
The valve is usually located on the front of the house or inside the garage where the garden hose hook up is.
Turn the circular gate valve handle clockwise to the right until it stops. Do not force it or crank it extremely tight because it will likely break in the closed position.
If you have a lever ball valve like pictured above, turn the lever 90 degrees or 1/4 turn.
If you have a HOME WARRANTY POLICY, a landlord, or property management company, call them to send a licensed plumber to make an assessment and bid for repair. Electronic leak detection and line location will most likely be needed.
It is not advised to attempt a repair yourself unless you are well experienced in the plumbing trade. The water often shows above ground several feet away from where the leak underground actually is. We sometimes find situations made worse by unsuccessful repair attempts, resulting in greater expense.
If you have water damage you will want to call your primary farm insurance company for a restoration company assessment.
A slab leak sounds like a bummer, what is it? How does it happen ?
A slab leak on the fresh water system is a pin hole in the copper pipe under the cement foundation of the home.
(or joint failure, on an older home tee system, homes usually older than 1960)
Most homes with a cement slab foundation are plumbed with rolled soft copper tubing during initial construction.
These pipes are sleeved in plastic and placed in trenches under the home.
The trenches are back filled and cement is poured over the surface where the home is to be built.
What causes a slab leak ?
Slab leaks are cause by several different factors.
A damaged pipe installed on the construction site.
If the pipe gets dinged or kinked, the water will form turbulence and greatly accelerate the erosion of the inner pipe wall around the damaged area.
A damaged protective sleeve exposing the copper to a mineral reaction with the soil or cement.
Abrasives in the trench rubbing against the pipe underground.
Hard and corrosive water from the city.
Builder installer failing to ream the pipe joints before soldering. This also causes turbulence and accelerates wear and tear of the copper line.
Installer failure to clean acid based flux from pipe after soldering.
Defective or weak copper tubing.
Copper pipe touching metal re-bar or wire mesh underground can have an electrolysis reaction and corrode.
Why would the builder bury pipes in cement ?!
It's a cheaper approach, copper is expensive and this underground method saves lots of material on each home x 100s of new homes on the project development.
Note; Newer homes (2005 +) are often built with PEX systems with a main control panel in the garage. The water piping in new homes are being run underground much less frequently. See out Pex Page here for additional information on this revolutionary material.
Will I have more slab leaks ?
No one can say for sure that if you have one slab leak you will have more, that depends on what caused the leak in the first place. It is very common for a home to have multiple slab leaks over time.
The leaking and non leaking pipes under the slab have been exposed to the same soil, for the same length of service, and the same installer.
Odds are, yes you will likely have more slab leaks.
Can I prevent a slab leak ?
You cannot prevent a slab leak other than to re-pipe everything, eliminating all underground copper pipes before you have a leak.
There are a few suggestions that will reduce the wear on the underground piping system. Although once the system has begun to degrade, it is not possible to turn back time.
As water heats, the copper pipes expand and contract. This action weakens the pipes. Like bending a nail too many times, eventually it will break.
A Thermal expansion tank abborbs this natural action instead of the pipe system.
The little red or black triangle will spin if water is being lost.
Those things will help with normal wear but they can't fix a kinked or dinged pipe, or a rock wearing a hole in the pipe underground.
A broken or leaking pipe under the concrete slab is a common plumbing problem.
We advise abandoning and eliminating service of the leaking line underground.
We cap off the old deteriorated copper line and reroute new pipes through the walls, ceiling, or attic space. This prevents future leaks on the same old pipe if it were dug up and repaired.
Some times to pipe under ground is so pitted and worn that a repair is not possible.
The expense of tearing up a floor to find a repair cannot be made is costly and frustrating to all homeowners.
Much of the time an underground leak can be repaired but consider the long term and sometime not so long term likelihood of more leaks.
Fixing a pipe under ground is like putting a patch or plug on an old car tire. The repair will last, but the aged pipe will continue to deteriorate and more leaks will inevitably occur .
Rerouting also decreases trauma to the rest of the system caused by jack hammering vibrations.
It is expensive and frustrating to replace a water damaged floor, walls, or furniture only to find another leak causes the same damage all over again.
Once an underground leak develops it is an indication that the system underground is failing.
Sometimes leaks are located under bath tubs, showers or cabinets. It is costly to remove and rebuild these for a jack hammer repair. This makes rerouting a more cost effective remedy overall.
New copper or pex piping will give you many years of peace of mind.
We will use
ELECTRONIC WATER LEAK DETECTION
to locate the slab leak.
Leak detection equipment greatly magnifies the sound of the leak under the concrete slab.
Line location equipment will show where the pipes run under the foundation.
If your home is newer than 1985 it is likely built with a post tension slab.
Opening a post tension slab can compromise the structural integrity of the building and is not permitted to be jack hammered.
Post tension pre-stressed concrete slabs are made to create a stronger foundation that moves less, resists cracks, and requires less concrete to achieve a stronger base.
There are high tension cables embedded in the concrete to create a high tensile strength. If the cables are cut or damaged, it is very dangerous and it will ruin the structural integrity of the building.
In the case of the plumbing in or under post tension foundations, slab leaks must be bypassed and rerouted.
The pounds of pressure applied to
each type of post tensioning are:
Longitudinal ...................................835,000 lbs.
Transverse..................................... 176,000 lbs.
Vertical.......................................... 178,000 lbs.
For more information regarding post tension slab construction click below
RE-ROUTE / BYPASS
PAINT AND DRYWALL
GRIFF PAINT CO.
JACK HAMMER DIG UP
For older homes and buildings that are not post tensioned foundations, the concrete slab may be jackhammered, the pipe dug up and repaired, then the cement rough patched.
This is sometimes less expensive in the short term, but the method leaves the old failing line in service and a significant risk of the same line leaking again in the future at a different location in the home.
The jack hammering process also rattles the original old pipes underground.
In many cases, wood floors, tile, cabinets, or bath tubs need to be removed to access the leaky pipe. This ends up costing more than a new line reroute in the end.
In some cases after the line is uncovered, the condition of the pipe does not allow for a repair. The line may be extremely pitted and a solder joint is not possible or the pipe is smashed and a repair fitting cannot be placed on the line.
Below are a few photos of a jack hammer slab leak repair.
We will perform jackhammer repairs, but they are considered a repair on a failing water line.
Rerouting is strongly recommended.
STEPS TO THE REMEDY
Water Damage needs a professional assessment.
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