Water lines in residential homes are either ran overhead in attic or in the slab. The advantage of running water lines in the slab is when a leak forms the water sometimes reach the flooring, creating noticeable spots or stains. Slab leak repair is a multi-step process and in most cases requires a skilled slab leak repair professional to complete the task successfully.
The first step is to pinpoint the exact spot of the slab leak underneath the foundation. Next, remove the carpet, flooring including all furniture and fixtures to access the concrete foundation covering the slab leak. The concrete foundation is then drilled to expose the slab leak in the pipe adequately.
Once the slab leak is visible, determine if the damaged pipe is a hot or cold water line. Water to water heater can be isolated to determine hot or cold. Also locate manifolds in walls. Cut and cap leaking water line to be abandoned. Tie new water line into the supply manifold and run overhead to tie back into second manifold.
Once the pipes are fixed, the hole is again filled with concrete and then all flooring or carpeting is replaced. As shown in this particular job, the ¾” copper line was determined to be leaking. So the line is cut and the remaining water lines are tied back together using PEX. In the attic near the water heater, a new PEX line was ran in attic and down the wall to supply hot water to the fixture.
As described above, slab leaks are not one of the simplest plumbing jobs therefore selecting a reliable company like Mock Plumbing in Baton Rouge to finish the job is essential to ensure that the slab leak repair is completed with accuracy and professionalism to prevent future slab leaks.