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Slab Leak Detection and Repair in Littleton, MA

Some water leaks are fairly easy to diagnose. You notice water pouring out from beneath your sink, spilling out of your bathtub, or trickling down from the ceiling. These are obvious leak symptoms, but what about when water is leaking behind walls or if wet spots are appearing on the floor? You might have a slab leak—a problem much harder to diagnose, let alone repair, than the average leak.

A slab leak occurs when the pipes beneath the concrete slab on which a house sits begin to leak. They can go unnoticed for weeks or even months due to this location, but eventually you’ll notice issues starting to develop . If you ignore a potential slab leak for too long, damage will start building up dramatically. You need to take action, and that’s where Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC comes in. 

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Causes of Slab Leaks

A common issue leading to slab leaks is weakness in the plumbing materials themselves. This might include old iron pipes or the fittings holding those pipes together. It may even be shoddy workmanship, a problem that began well before you ever moved in. Additionally, it is possible that excessive water pressure or very hard water is causing damage to your pipes. Temperature can also have an impact on pipe integrity and cause leaks—requiring insulation and immediate repair.

There are a number of potential issues here, and because those pipes are buried beneath thick slabs of concrete, it will take an expert eye and measurement tools to pinpoint where the leak is coming from and how to access those broken pipes. The last thing you want is to excavate a massive slab of concrete when you could just as easily have cut out a smaller section to replace a burst pipe.

Repairing a Slab Leak

Depending on where the slab leak occurs, it will take between a half day and two days to repair. Basement leaks are the least intrusive, but keep in mind that if a slab leak has existed for a prolonged period of time, there may be foundational damage. In such a case, additional tests may be needed to check for potentially dangerous conditions in your Metro West Boston area home.

Whatever happens, know that a slab leak is a very serious situation. At Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC, we take slab leaks very seriously, and will carefully investigate all potential sources. Only once we are certain that every potential leak has been repaired and that no permanent damage has been done to your home will we be satisfied. Know for a fact that your home is safe to live in and that all leaks are resolved. Call us today.

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