Slab Leak Repair Service: What To Expect

Are you worried you have a leak under your flooring? If you think you might need plumbing service for a slab leak repair, you will want to know exactly what to expect. Does this mean a dozen workers are going to need to be in your home for days? Is this going to add another zero to my mortgage? These are the concerns that can invade your mind when you think you might have a leak beneath your home. Let us help ease some of your concerns while sharing the information you need to know.

Are Slab Leaks Common?

This depends on the age of your plumbing and how well it has been maintained. They are fairly rare, but they do happen. Obviously, older homes without good maintenance are most at risk, but it can happen to any home just by virtue of the nature of plumbing materials and by mother nature herself when roots and corrosion affect the plumbing under the home’s concrete slab.  

Your best protection is getting an inspection with a qualified, experienced plumber, like us here at Phend Plumbing. The reassurance alone is worth the visit and we can help you maintain your plumbing so that these concerns need never cause you stress. Who needs more stress right now? Even if we do find an issue, we can take care of any problems far more efficiently than you are probably thinking. Let’s take a look at what happens if we do find something. 

Signs Of A Slab Leak

To determine if you need a slab leak repair, just  follow these steps:

  1. Define any issues – do you notice any of the following things?
    1. Unusual water bills & unexplained water pressure issues
    2. Strange buckling or cracking on your flooring or walls 
    3. Water stains/mold/strange smells
  2. Contact your highly qualified plumber for an inspection
  3. Decide on the best repair option for your situation. Read on for those options.

How To Repair A Slab Leak

There are 3 main ways to handle a slab leak repair no matter what the cause or symptoms. We can help you choose the best option for your situation from these 3 methods:

  1. Repair
  2. Reroute
  3. Repipe

To repair plumbing under the slab involves breaking up the slab with a jackhammer, so we suggest hiring a company that has the right tools to get close to the exact spot so you minimize the damage and disruption to your home. Nowadays we can detect leaks using thermal imaging, moisture level meters, and video cameras. These tools help pinpoint any leaks and help determine the extent of the water damage, if there is any at all.

An alternative to the traditional repair described above there is also a new method called “trenchless repair” that slides a lining inside your existing pipes and then “cures” or hardens it so that there is no leaking and the repair is done without having to tear up any concrete. 

Rerouting is where you reroute your entire water supply line around the slab. This is an excellent choice to prevent any future slab leaks in the same line. It adds a whole new water line to literally reroute the water that was run under the slab to a new location.

Repiping is a similar process but it involves repiping the whole house in case the entire plumbing system is compromised. Rather than having multiple expensive repairs over the years, with all the attendant issues and disruptions, many homeowners learning the surprisingly low cost choose to repipe large parts of the house to prevent any future issues.

Repair Your Slab Leak ASAP

Slab leaks can cause significant damage and need to be taken seriously and repaired once detected. A professional plumber will ensure the process is done properly and save on future problems. We here at Phend Plumbing are highly qualified and ready to assist. Reach out to us at and give us a call at 480-388-6093.