How to Locate & Fix Leaks Under Your Allen, TX Home
Leaks from a broken water pipe under a home’s foundation can go unnoticed for a while—and every day they’re not addressed, they continue to cause more damage. In fact, slab leaks can be one of the most serious and damaging types of water leaks homeowners can experience. They can also be among the most challenging leaks to detect and fix.
To help you recognize the signs of slab leaks and take the right action ASAP whenever they arise, here’s what you need to know about:
- The causes of slab leaks
- How slab leaks are generally fixed
- The costs to repair slab leaks
What Causes Slab Leaks?
“Slab” is a common term used for the concrete foundation on which homes are often built.
Because homes in the North Texas area are built on soil with high clay content, heavy rain can cause the soil to expand, and heat can cause it to shrink.
Over time, this can result in:
- Friction between the concrete and the water supply lines that run below the foundation
- Water lines and pipes developing holes or sustaining other damage
- Water leaks below your home
For many homeowners in North Texas, it’s not if a home will develop a slab leak—it’s when.
To minimize your risk of slab leaks, consider using inexpensive soaker hoses to water your landscape during dry, hot weather.
Signs of Slab Leaks: How Do I Know If Pipe Is Leaking Under My Foundation?
Slab leaks can raise some unique and, sometimes, subtle warning signs, like:
- Strange sounds: Do you hear the sound of running water in your home even though you don’t have any plumbing appliances or fixtures running? Have you noticed unexplained hissing, banging, clanking, or grinding sounds in certain areas of your home? If so, you could have slab leaks and broken water lines.
- Bad smells: Do you smell rotten egg-like odors when you turn on your plumbing fixtures? Don’t ignore this red flag of a slab leak and broken pipes.
- Dampness: Are areas of your flooring or walls damp? Or do your floors and walls show signs of unexplained water damage? This is another tell-tale sign of slab leaks in Allen, Dallas, and Plano homes.
- Water pressure problems: Does your water pressure fluctuate wildly, suddenly becoming too strong or too weak while you’re using your plumbing appliances? If so, you’re likely dealing with a leaky pipe, and that leak may have started under your home’s foundation.
These are some of the most apparent warnings of broken pipes and slab leaks, so take them seriously whenever you notice them!
Contact Staggs Plumbing at 972-379-4000 for emergency slab leak repair in Allen, Plano, Dallas, and throughout North Central Texas!
What to Expect With Slab Leak Repairs in Dallas & Plano, TX
Many homeowner insurance policies will cover the cost to locate a slab leak once your deductible is met, but they do not usually pay for the cost to repair the leak. So, check with your insurance agent to find out what your policy covers.
While our plumbers will use a range of tools and techniques to diagnose and locate slab leaks, the best options for fixing these leaks will depend on several factors, like (but not limited to):
- The type of piping you have under your home: If you cast iron piping that was put in place decades ago, replacing the damaged pipes is generally the best move when slab leaks arise.
- The nature of the damage: While you may only need to repair pipes with minor damage in specific locations, more extensive damage usually requires pipe replacement.
Hiring a licensed Dallas plumber from Staggs Plumbing is your best option for getting lasting solutions when it’s time to fix slab leaks. We have the experience, skills, and resources to efficiently find and fix all types of slab leaks, regardless of whether it requires digging through the concrete slab or digging tunnels under the foundation itself.
Contact Staggs Plumbing at 972-379-4000 for emergency slab leak repair service in North Central Texas!
Slab Leak Repair Costs
Slab leak repair costs mostly arise from locating the actual source of the leak. Many insurance companies will cover the cost to locate the leak, which includes either tunneling under the home or jack-hammering from inside the house. Whenever possible, Staggs Plumbing prefers to dig tunnels under houses in order to minimize the disruption to our customers’ properties and families.
Depending on what your homeowners insurance covers, slab leak repair costs may include paying your insurance deductible and the cost of fixing the pipe. If a slab leak has damaged your flooring and/or other parts of your home, your homeowners insurance policy may offer coverage for that as well. Call your insurer for more information about what your policy covers when it comes to finding and fixing slab leaks.
To get an estimate for slab leak repair, contact Staggs Plumbing at 972-379-4000 now!
How Long Does It Take to Repair a Slab Leak?
The answer to this question depends on the where your leak is and how extensive the damage that’s causing the leak is. At Staggs Plumbing, our Allen plumbers use advanced listening devices and other cutting-edge equipment to detect the origin of the leak(s). This can take about an hour or more.
If we need to jackhammer through the floor, this can take a few hours to expose the broken pipe. Once we reach the pipe, the repair usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour.
If we dig tunnels (our preferred method), this can take an entire day or more, depending on the size of your home and its foundation, as well as the nature of the soil beneath it.
Once everything is repaired, we will:
- Re-pressurized the lines
- Test everything to ensure the new lines are working properly
- Fill the holes back in and clean up our work area
So, all said and done, slab leak repairs may take anywhere from half a day to a few days. No matter how complicated a slab leak repair job may be, however, Staggs Plumbing has the expertise to get the job done efficiently and correctly the first time! That’s why we’re constantly ranked #1 in customer satisfaction for slab leak and plumbing services in North Central Texas.
Contact Staggs Plumbing at 972-379-4000 for slab leak repair in Allen, Plano, Dallas, and throughout North Central Texas!