If you have noticed there are soft spots on the floor, and you're worried that you're going to damage the floor with daily traffic, this could be a sign that you have a slab leak. Other signs of a pipe leak damaging the slab and foundation damage include:
- Spaces between the floor and wall
- Foundation cracks
- Opening and closing doors and windows is difficult
- Watermarks on the floor
You want to call a concrete contractor to have the problem examined. If it's possible, get an estimate to have the leak repaired with trenchless technology. Here is what you will want to know.
A trenchless repair is one of the easiest ways to fix a pipe leak. First, the repair team will use cameras to see inside of the pipes. The current condition of the pipes and the leak will determine if trenchless repairs are necessary.
If possible, an epoxy pipe liner will then be pushed through the pipe, and inflated. This will restore the function of the pipe, prevent leaks, and repair the pipe. Benefits of a trenchless repair include:
- Completed quickly
- Minimal demolition
- Long-term solution
You will get an estimate for this if it's possible to repair the pipe this way. If it isn't, you will have to get cost estimates for re-piping and replacement.
There should be all the information for the work you need completed in the estimate. This includes details such as:
- Material costs
- Labor expenses
- Permit costs
- Insurance information
- Licensing details
- Project start date
Be sure to ask the trenchless repair contractor about their insurance information before they start to work on the slab leak. You want to know that they have coverage to protect their own employees against liability issues and to repair anything with your slab and foundation that could go awry during the slab repairs. This quote should also include how long the estimate and pricing is good for.
Have an inspection completed to evaluate the condition of your foundation, and to make sure there aren't any problems to be concerned about because of the leak. You may need to have foundation repair work completed in different areas.
The leak may have caused mold and mildew issues, weakening of the foundation and the soil around the foundation, and you may need concrete replaced. If you have concerns that water is leaking and the floor in your home is compromised, call a contractor who offers slab leak repairs.