If you’re a homeowner in Sherman Oaks, CA, the last words you want to hear are “water damage.” Water leaks and flood damage cost homeowners billions of dollars annually. If your home develops a leak that leads to extensive issues, you could be facing thousands of dollars in cleanup and replacement costs.

It’s critical that you address slab leaks at the first sign of trouble to prevent costly water damage from spreading through your home. 

At Make It Drain Plumbing & Rooter, we’re experts in detecting and repairing slab leaks. Read on to learn more about leak detection, the repair process, and how our services can benefit you.

Learning About Slab Leaks

In today’s housing market, most California homes are built on concrete foundations because they aren’t often exposed to drastic temperature fluctuations. Concrete foundations in warmer climates are much less likely to freeze and crack than in colder climates. 

However, concrete foundations in southern California aren’t immune to cracking. Earthquakes, disruptive tree roots, and myriad other factors can create cracks in concrete, which can lead to leaks.

How Do Cracks in Your Foundation Lead to Leaks? 

Gas and water pipes run underneath each slab of concrete. So when the concrete cracks, the crack can damage the pipe. As a result, water can bubble up through the concrete and seep into the bottom of your home.

Unfortunately, slab leaks can significantly damage your home. If you believe you have a slab leak, you must fix the issue as soon as possible. 

Slab Leak Detection 

You may be wondering how to tell if your home’s foundation is leaking.

Although it may sound daunting, a slab leak presents telltale signs just like any other water leak does. Homeowners often realize they have a slab leak when they notice wet spots on their carpets or floors.

Other signs that you have a slab leak are:

  • Higher water bills
  • Mold or mildew growth
  • Low water pressure
  • Floor warping 

If you notice one or more of these signs, you may have a slab leak. At Make It Drain Plumbing & Rooter, we’ll happily visit your Sherman Oaks, CA, home to inspect your foundation and pipes.

We will go step by step through our slab leak detection process. If we determine that you have a slab leak, we’ll run a series of tests to confirm where the leak is coming from. To complete a slab leak detection test, we’ll run a meter to determine whether a leak is occurring underneath your home or not.

Slab Leak Repairs  

Unfortunately, a slab leak repair isn’t as straightforward as fixing other leaks in your home can be.

Although it may be overwhelming, repair your leak as soon as possible. Living with a leak will rack up thousands of dollars worth of damages. An unnoticed or ignored leak can destroy your floors, cabinets, carpets, and foundation.

Fortunately, our technicians are trained in four slab leak repair techniques that can stop the problem in its tracks.

Pipe Rerouting 

Pipe rerouting is undoubtedly one of the more popular repair options when your home has a slab leak.

When we choose to move forward with pipe rerouting, we reroute existing pipes away from the concrete area causing the leak.

We can also eliminate the damaged pipes and create new ones. It all depends on the leak area, the pipes, and how easy it is to reroute an existing pipe. While it may seem like an intensive solution, pipe rerouting tends to be one of the least expensive options.

Foundation Repairs 

If you’re looking for a long-term solution, you may want to fix the leak by repairing the concrete. To fix a crack in a slab of concrete, we drill into your home’s foundation, cut open the pipes, and repair the slab so that it no longer leaks.

Repiping

If you live in an older home, repiping your home may be the best option. Over time, pipes can break down, rust, and cause frequent leaks and other problems. If you live in an older house, you may want to consider repiping.

Pipe Coating  

Pipe coating is perhaps the most straightforward solution to a slab leak. With this technique, we coat pipes with epoxy to stop leaks. Pipe coating is an excellent choice if drilling into your home’s foundation or rerouting pipes are not feasible options.

Why Choose Make It Drain Plumbing & Rooter?

At Make It Drain Plumbing & Rooter, we wear our decades’ worth of hard-earned experience with pride. We go above and beyond to cater to our customers, which is why we have over 100 five-star online reviews.

Between our dedicated technicians and an undying commitment to ensuring top-notch service, we’re excited to inspect, detect, and repair your home’s slab leaks.
Call Make It Drain Plumbing & Rooter today to book your appointment.