What is a slab leak?
A slab leak by definition is a leak in the piping under the concrete slab within the perimeter of the structure. Leaks under a driveway or under patios can also be referred as a slab leaks.
Determining The Existence of A Leak
When we first arrive to the job site we must first determine if in fact a slab leak does exist. The first step in water leak detection is to perform a pressure test. This is done by attaching a water pressure gauge to the system. Verify that all faucets and fixtures are in the off position. Any faucets or fixtures that are dripping must be secured by either closing the angle stop or replacing the unit. At this point Free-Flow Plumbing will determine the water pressure and then close the valve at the main service. If a leak is present, there will be a drop in the water pressure. The existence of a hot spot on the floor does not always correspond with the actual location of the leak. Water can travel a long distance before forming a warm area. Locating a leak is a two-part procedure. First locating the actual piping and then following along the located piping until the leaking section is found.
Locating The Pipe
The location of the leak cannot be determined until the location of the pipe is determined. Using the transmitter, we wire the transmitter to the piping system close to the area that we are locating. The pipe locator is then used to find the location by picking up the signal that is being transmitted through the pipe. We will mark the location on the floor using an easy clean marker or tape. Than we will trace all the piping in the area that we suspect where the leak is located. When this is accomplished it is time to pinpoint the location of the leak.
Locating The Leak (If you have a leak we will find it)
This is the critical part of the entire process. Using our electronic leak detection equipment, we will listen along the marked path of the piping with a microphone to establish a reading. Our technician will than move the microphone along the path of the piping in both directions and then back to the location where the highest reading was present. If there is no difference in the levels, then we will use CO2 gas through the piping system which will increase the sound level approximately 10 times. When CO2 is introduced to the system, it should be bled slowly so it does not damage any other piping or fixtures. The purpose is not to pressure the system but merely to create a louder sound vibration for accurate location.
Since we use advanced diagnostics equipment to pinpoint the source of the leak we know where to concentrate our repair efforts. We can access the source of the problem without tearing up your home. Throughout the years we have saved Tampa Bay residents and business owner’s money from costly repairs by locating the problem area and repairing it efficiently. Slab leak repairs must be done by qualified professionals and according to the expected standards. Since the slab leaks often affect the foundation of the home it makes it prone to further damage needing costly repairs. We are highly trained in determining the problem and prepared for the proper repair or reconstruction if needed. Our slab leak detection and repairs are done using advanced technology which ensures precision and quality service for customer satisfaction. Contact our highly trained Tampa Bay technicians to schedule a free in home no obligation slab leak estimate.
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Only our qualified service technicians are permitted to perform electronic line leak detection.
We will fully discuss our findings with the customer and explain the required repairs in detail.
While it is true that leaks are more usual in older homes, newer homes could have troubles too. Poor construction and deterioration and in many cases, ground movement can cause unforeseen pipeline damages at any time. It is a good idea to find the leak before it causes structural damage that can result in costly repairs.
Common Symptoms of a leak
- Higher than usual water bill.
- Water spots on flooring
- Cracks on the flooring or the walls
- Unusual odors
- Warm water comes out of the faucet when using cold water
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