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Slab Leak Detection & Repair in Plano, Rockwall & the Surrounding Areas

Slab Leak Infographic

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The water and sewer lines under your home’s concrete foundation can break, crack, and start to leak over time. When this happens, and slab leaks arise, you can be dealing with a plumbing emergency — and the sooner you call Staggs Plumbing, the better!

Contact Staggs Plumbing at (972) 379-4000 for emergency slab leak repair throughout North Central Texas! 

Our 24-hour emergency plumbers are ready to help you find and fix slab leaks ASAP. With our expertise and state-of-the-art equipment, we’re the team you can always count on for fast service and flawless slab leak repairs!

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What Is a Slab Leak & What Causes Slab Leaks?

Your home’s concrete foundation, or “slab,” can shift with weather and soil changes. The soil in North Central Texas has a high clay content, which causes it to expand in the dry heat and contract in the wet cold.

As this occurs, the heavy concrete slab can move around, stressing the water and sewer lines that come up through the foundation. These lines include:

  • Cold water supply lines from the city water utilities
  • Hot water lines for your water heater
  • The sewer and drain lines

Over time, slab leaks can result in consequences such as:

  • Additional friction and pressure between the foundation and the underlying water and sewer lines
  • Pipes and joints weakening
  • Water and sewer lines developing cracks, breaks, and/or holes

Once you have a slab leak, water can make its way up through microscopic cracks in the concrete foundation, resulting in foundation leaks.

If you have a slab leak and you need an emergency plumber in Plano, Rockwall, or the surrounding communities, contact Staggs Plumbing at (972) 379-4000 now for emergency plumbing service

Does Your Home Have a Slab Leak?

Homeowners might not know if they have a slab leak until several days, weeks, or even months after it starts. A big reason for this is that it can take time for leaking water to make its way up through a concrete slab and start to give off warning signs, like:

  • Warm spots on the floor
  • Sounds of running water in your home when no plumbing appliances or fixtures are running
  • A water heater filling back up when hot water has not been used
  • Damp flooring and/or walls
  • Signs of water damage on floors and/or walls
  • Moldy smells around your home or a rotten egg-like smell coming from your water
  • A running water meter when no water is being used in your home
  • Spikes in your water bill

Can a Slab Leak Be Ignored?

If gone unchecked, leaks under the foundation of your home will cause significant structural damage, affecting the value of your home and potentially exposing your family to mold risks.

A delay in detection and repair will eventually cost more, as the leak causes more damage. Many of our customers are shocked to find out just how much damage a relatively small leak can cause over time.

The short answer is to have slab leaks fixed immediately by calling the expert plumbers at Staggs Plumbing at (972) 379-4000.

How to Detect Slab Leaks

Slab leak detection devices are used to locate breaks in water supply lines. Here’s how this is typically done:

  • The water supply to a house is turned off.
  • The plumber will force air into the lines to push out the remaining water.
  • Once the water has been removed from the supply lines, air will escape from the cracks in the water line.
  • Using the slab leak detection device, the plumber will listen for the sound of escaping air to zero in on exactly where the leak(s) are occurring.

It is important to work with a plumbing company that is experienced in locating slab leaks. If they can’t accurately detect the source of the leak, you could end up facing bigger headaches and more costs — especially if more foundation needs to be excavated or some leaks are overlooked.

Staggs Plumbing has been repairing slab leaks since 1990, and we have received numerous consumer awards for exceptional service and results. When you want the job done right the first time, your best move is to contact Staggs Plumbing for expert slab leak detection and repair services. 

Contact Staggs Plumbing at (972) 379-4000 to schedule an appointment for slab leak detection today before it’s too late! 

How to Repair Slab Leaks

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!

Slab Leak Repair Costs

The costs of slab leak repair depend on several factors, like:

  • Where the leak is located
  • Number of leaks present
  • Whether tunneling and/or digging is necessary
  • The nature of your pipes and, specifically, whether repair or replacement is required

Often, slab leak detection is covered by homeowners insurance, but you may be responsible for the deductible, plus the cost to actually fix the broken pipe. Check your insurance policy and ask your insurance agent for clarification.

Call Staggs Plumbing at (972) 379-4000 to get an estimate for slab leak detection and repair service at your Rockwall- or Plano-area home!

How to Choose the Right Plumber for Slab Leak Detection & Repair

  • Ask for referrals from people you trust.
  • Look for top-rated plumbing companies online.
  • Check the plumbing company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau.
  • Verify a plumber’s licensing and credentials.

Need slab leak repair quickly? Contact Staggs Plumbing at (972) 379-4000 for a top-rated slab leak repair company in North Central Texas! 

Staggs Plumbing has built a reputation by word of mouth. The consistent work we receive from referrals is one of the biggest compliments we get.

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