Many homes are built on a flat concrete slab as their foundation. Beneath these slabs runs the plumbing system for the home, which can spring leaks that cause damage to the foundation, flooring, and other construction materials. A professional plumbing contractor with years of experience in repairing concrete slab leaks is able to locate the leak and repair it while minimizing mess and expenses. To solve your slab leak problems, we offer professional repairs for residential and commercial customers throughout Long Island and Five Boroughs.
What are Concrete Slabs?
Concrete slabs are solid structures that serve as the foundation of several properties to prevent them from shifting with the movements of the soil underneath. The concrete slab is usually 3 to 4 inches thick and in a solid piece running completely under the floor of the building. The plumbing components are set beneath the concrete. Of course, this placement makes it more difficult to find and repair leaks.
How Do You Know If You Have a Slab Leak?
A number of signs can indicate a slab leak problem. If you feel a hot spot on your floor, it could mean a hot water leak under the slab. Similarly, a particularly cold spot indicates a leak in a cold water pipe.
The sound of running water when no faucet within the house is open also indicates a leak under the slab. Seepage around the foundation of your home or in your yard are also signs of a leak. Of course, any unexplained increase in your water usage and bill is a sure sign that you have a significant leak and should call a professional to find out where the leak is located. Trying to find the leak on your own can lead to unnecessary damage. We have the knowledge and equipment necessary to find the leak quickly and repair it with the minimum amount of damage to the slab integrity.
How are Slab Leaks Detected?
We use a variety of high-tech equipment to find exactly where a leak is located under the slab.
Electronic amplification of sound allows us to find the exact location of the leak by tracing the sound of running water.
Another type of detection device measures the water pressure to locate the variation in the pressure level in the pipes.
Infrared energy may also be used to detect heat and changes in temperature to locate hot water leaks.
At Maccarone Plumbing, we have the latest, most effective equipment available to find your problem with the least amount of time and trouble.
How Can You Avoid Slab Leaks?
You can prevent slab leaks under your home’s foundation by following a few tips.
Maintain proper water pressure in your home to ensure that excessive pressure does not cause corrosion. Find out the pH level of your water and adjust it to ensure that it is not too hard or too soft. Use care when using drain-opening chemicals, which can often damage your pipes. Regular plumbing inspections will help ensure that slab leaks are handled as soon as they are spotted, giving you the peace of mind you deserve.
Call us today at (516) 671-3232 to solve your slab leak problems!