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Slab Leak Detection

Slab leak detection can be complicated. Because these types of leaks occur in pipes that are underground and covered by concrete, the signs can be much more subtle – but no less damaging. Fortunately, there are many things that might point to a slab leak, and our experts at Done-Rite Plumbing and Rooter have the technology to precisely identify any pipeline issues and fix them for you with minimal disruption to your daily life.

How to Tell If You Have a Slab Leak

There are two types of pipelines that can experience slab leaks. Pressurized lines, or pipes that have clean, potable water pumped into your building, are a bit easier to identify a leak in. Because these pipes run directly into faucets, a clear early sign that a slab leak may be present is an otherwise unaccounted for drop in water pressure. Additionally, if you hear the sound of running water when pipes are not being actively used or you notice an unexplained spike in your water bill, you may have good reason to suspect a slab leak somewhere in your line. Drain or sewer pipes make leak detection a bit harder to identify. Symptoms of a small leak in one of these pipes can take a long time to show up. Water gathering underground can be a slow process, especially if the leak is small; however, being on the look out for damp or warm floors, unexplained standing water nearby, or a musty smell can help you identify the possibility of a leak.

Options for Repairing a Slab Leak

The best way to deal with a slab leak is to prevent it. Regular checking of your pipes will ensure that any possible issues are identified and fixed before they become major problems. That said, when a slab leak is present there are multiple ways to fix it.

Pipeline Repair

If the pipe is relatively healthy outside of the point of leaking, a simple repair is likely the best option. One way of accomplishing this is by inserting an epoxy resin-coated tube into the pipe, inflating it using a bladder to press the resin into the existing structure, and allowing it to harden. This creates a new interior lining, thus repairing the leak.

Pipeline Replacement

For pipes that have sustained extensive damage in a small area, a replacement may be necessary. This is accomplished by identifying where in the pipe the damage exists, cutting that section of pipe out, and soldering a new, healthy pipe into its place.


Longer stretches of damaged pipe will likely benefit from rerouting. This involves inserting a new, healthy pipe near the damaged portions of the line and by passing the leaky portions by connecting it to the sections of the pipe still in good condition. Rerouting, in contrast to repiping, addresses a section of the line without replacing all of the pipes. This saves you money, and significantly shortens the length of the job.

If you suspect you have a leak, call Done-Rite Plumbing and Rooter today. We’ll assess the condition of your pipes, and work with you to find the most efficient and effective repair solution.

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