If you have a slab leak in your home, it’s important to get it handled right away. Not only can the leak drastically increase your water bill, but the water can damage your property and cost you even more in repairs.

Keep reading to learn what a slab leak is and how Rocketman Plumbing can repair it for you in no time.

What Exactly Is a Slab Leak?

A slab is a thick concrete foundation layer underneath your house on which your house stands. There are water pipes either encased in or running under that slab. Over time, those pipes can corrode or get damaged. If the pipes break, the water can damage your house and foundation. If left untreated, a slab leak can also lead to mold growth in and around your house, which can impact your family’s health.

How to Detect a Slab Leak

There are certain signs you can be on the lookout for that will warn you if you have a slab leak under your house. These signs include:

  • Hearing running water when there is none
  • Water meter moving when the water is off
  • Mold, mildew, or noticeable moisture underneath your carpet or other floors
  • Cracks in your floors or walls
  • Sudden insect problems
  • Sudden high water bills

If you notice any of these signs, call Rocketman Plumbing right away. Our technicians will come out to do a thorough inspection of your property. We will locate the source of your leak, and we will handle the repairs with the least amount of disturbance to your property possible.

How We Can Repair a Slab Leak

There are different ways that we can repair slab leaks depending on the severity and location of the leak. Some of these water leak repair methods are more invasive than others, so it’s important that we do a thorough inspection of your foundation to choose the best repair method for your needs.

  • Cut open the foundation and fix the pipe
    If the pipe is broken beneath the foundation of your home, we will have to break into the foundation to fix it. We can find the area where the broken pipe is, break into the foundation at that spot, and fix or replace the pipe.
  • Pipe rerouting
    If only a short length of pipe needs to be replaced, we may be able to reroute the pipe and lay it above ground. This is a good way to fix the leak without digging and breaking your foundation.

After our inspection, we will let you know which repair method will be needed and explain to you exactly how it will be done so that you know what to expect.

Call Rocketman Plumbing Today

You do not want to wait until a slab leak does irreparable damage to your home and property. If you notice any of the signs listed above, call Rocketman Plumbing right away. Our technicians will come out to your property and inspect your plumbing and foundation to determine where the origination point of the leak is.

After our inspection, we will let you know exactly how we can repair the broken pipes, how long it should take, and what you can expect from the repair process. We will take care of your slab leak quickly and professionally so you don’t have to worry about it.

Call us at (505) 243-1227 today!

Residential Slab Leak Detection and Repair Services Frequently Asked Questions

What are signs I have a slab leak?

If your home has a slab foundation, it’s important for you to know the signs of a slab leak so you can watch out for them. A slab leak is when the plumbing pipes that run beneath your slab foundation crack or break and cause a water leak. This can lead to costly water damage if it isn’t handled. There are several signs that you might have a slab leak. Number one, water is coming up through the concrete into your house which is evidenced by the wet floor. Two, if you are running out of hot water before you are using it, this is a sign you have a hot water slab leak. Three, to determine if you have a leak, you can perform a simple test using your water meter. First, locate the water meter near the curb and open its lid. Check if the dial on the water gauge is moving. If it is, it indicates a leak. To determine if the leak is in your yard or under your slab, you can follow these steps. If you have a water shut-off valve on your property (not controlled by the city), turn off the water using that valve. Then, return to the water meter and observe the dial again. If it stops spinning after shutting off the water, it suggests a slab leak—meaning the leak is beneath your home’s concrete foundation. However, if the dial continues to move even after shutting off the water, it implies a leak in your yard rather than under the slab. If you think you have a slab leak, or aren’t sure, you can always call Rocketman Plumbing and our expert technicians will be out to your house in a flash to inspect for signs of a plumbing leak.

The surest way to prevent a slab leak is to buy an older home with a crawl space and no slab! Eventually pipes will deteriorate and cause a leak. A slab leak can cause costly water damage to your property, so it’s important to understand what you can do to prevent a slab leak from occurring. First and foremost, if you haven’t had an expert out to inspect your plumbing system in a few years, we recommend you call us. Aside from that, there are things you can do at home to keep your plumbing system in good working order. First, make sure your water pressure is not too high or too low. It should not be below about 40 PSI as this can lead to sediment buildup in your pipes; and it should not be above 80 PSI as this can damage your plumbing system. If your water pressure is too high, we can install a pressure relief valve to handle that. Second, if you live in an area with hard water, consider getting a home filtration system or using a water conditioner to soften it, as hard water can degrade pipes more quickly. If you need help with any of these steps to prevent damage to your slab foundation, give us a call at 505-243-1227 and we’ll be out to your home or business in a flash.

Whether or not your homeowner’s insurance will cover the cost to repair a slab leak really depends on your specific insurance policy and the type of damage. In most cases, homeowner’s insurance does not automatically cover slab leaks caused by normal wear and tear over time, issues like tree roots growing through your water pipes, or small water leaks that weren’t caught before they damaged the slab foundation. In general, homeowner’s insurance will cover damage caused by a singular event, such as a burst pipe, a tornado, a fire, etc. You will need to check your homeowner’s insurance policy to determine when your provider will cover slab leaks and when they won’t. If your insurance doesn’t cover slab leaks, you may want to talk to your insurance agent to see if there is a supplemental policy you can add to your plan that will cover slab leaks. With or without insurance, you can always call Rocketman Plumbing to come take care of your slab leaks in a flash. We offer fast work done right with competitive pricing, and we’ll work with you to get your slab leak repaired for you.

The answer to this question depends on who owns the property and whether or not the owner has an insurance policy that covers slab leak repairs. If you are renting a house or business, your landlord should be the one handling repairs for slab leaks and other plumbing issues as the property belongs to them. If you own the property and don’t have insurance, it will be your responsibility to cover the cost of slab leak repairs. This is why it’s a good idea to get homeowner’s insurance or commercial property insurance before you experience any problems or damage to your property. And if you own the property and you do have insurance that covers slab leak repairs, it may be entirely handled by your insurance company, or you may have to pay part of the cost while your insurance company pays the other part, depending on the type of policy you have. No matter if you are a landlord, a homeowner, or a business owner, you can call Rocketman Plumbing at 505-243-1227 to handle slab leaks and any other plumbing issues at your property. We will be there in a flash to take care of the leak and repair your slab foundation.

Even though a slab leak can be a stressful experience, it’s relatively simple for expert plumbers to fix. So if you have a slab leak at your home or business, you don’t need to be worried about how much it’s going to cost to repair. The average national cost of slab leak repair is about $3,000 depending on the size of the plumbing system, how much damage has been done to the slab foundation, and how much plumbing needs to be replaced or rerouted. If you have homeowner’s insurance or commercial property insurance, some or all of that cost may be covered by your insurance company. When you call Rocketman Plumbing for slab leak detection and repair, we will inspect your slab foundation and plumbing system to locate the source of the leak. We will then be able to give you an estimate of the cost to repair your plumbing and how much time it will take to complete the job. If you have any other questions about slab leak detection and repair, give us a call today at 505-243-1227 and we’ll be happy to give you the information you’re looking for.

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