Multiple solutions exist for dealing with a slab leak. You'll want to avoid working with a contractor, however, who recommends jack-hammering the foundation to find the problem, as this is generally the most costly solution, and it's messy, too.
Instead, opt to work with a contractor who is experienced in innovative detection methods such as:
Epoxy restoration requires little demolition to the home. The contractor needs to make only two access holes to access the leak for repair.
Re-piping is often the method of choice when multiple leaks exist. It's also a very thorough solution to putting a permanent stop to leaks. The contractor will install an entirely new, durable piping system that utilizes expansion to ensure secure fittings and a leak-free system. Be sure to ask about the system's warranty; ideally, it should cover problems over its lifetime.
Pipe re-routing requires demolition and is the go-to choice when pipes in walls and floors must be replaced, too. The methodology is ideal if only a short amount of pipe needs to be replaced, so as to limit demolition and labor costs.
The cost of these services varies, depending on the severity of the leak and the best methodology for addressing the problem. Leak detection can cost around $250, while epoxy and re-routing services may set you back $300 for a simple, single-line fix to $1,500 for a more comprehensive, labor-intensive solution that requires jackhammering. The total cost of the job may be offset by homeowner's insurance, too.
Dealing with a slab leak requires expert advice. Work with a trusted, reputable professional who holds vast experience helping homeowners remedy foundation leaks. The best course of action to take may not always be the least costly. Be sure to consider all your options, and choose the one that will provide a comprehensive solution to leaks, and prevent further problems down the line.
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