Once the source of the leak has been located, there are normally two options to access the broken pipe.
Slab Leak Repair With Tunnels
This method requires digging a large tunnel under your house for the plumber to crawl through and access the broken pipe(s). They will normally find the closet outside the wall to the source of the leak and tunnel directly to it.
Tunneling is a labor-intensive process that can take several hours to complete, depending on the distance. Once the tunnel has reached the leaking pipe, it is normally a quick process to repair or replace the damaged line.
Digging Up the Concrete Slab to Repair Leaks
This method involves jackhammering through the concrete of your home’s foundation. Since the concrete can be 8 inches to 15 inches thick, a commercial-grade jackhammer is required to break through the slab.
Repairing a Broken Water or Sewer Line
Water and sewer lines can be made of different materials, like PVC, copper, or even iron in some older Plano-area homes. If there is significant corrosion in copper or iron pipes, Staggs Plumbing will replace sections of pipes to avoid further degradation.
Repairs to a simple break in the water line usually involve cutting out and replacing the damaged section of the pipe. If copper is being replaced, it will be “sweated” on with a torch and solder. PVC pipe fixes will need to use the appropriate type of PVC glue for high-pressure water lines.
We have years worth of slab leak repair experience, and our expert plumbers are available to discuss your options and provide a free estimate. Call (972) 379-4000 or contact us online today!