Avoiding Unnecessary Slab Leak Repair: How a Suspected Slab Leak Turned Out to Be Much Less

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At Aaron Services: Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, we understand how critical it is to address plumbing issues promptly to prevent major damage to your home. Recently, we helped a customer who feared the worst when they noticed their hardwood floors buckling. Here’s how we turned a suspected slab leak repair into a much less severe issue, saving the homeowner significant time and money.

The Customer’s Concern

Buckling floors may be a sign of a slab leak
Buckling floors led this customer to believe they had a slab leak

When this customer noticed their hardwood floors were buckling, naturally, they immediately feared a slab leak. Slab leaks can cause extensive damage and can be costly to repair. Concerned about the potential for major damage, they reached out to Aaron Services for help.

Understanding Slab Leaks

A slab leak occurs when pipes under the concrete foundation of a home break or crack. This issue is most common in homes without basements, but it can also happen under basement floors. Pipes can leak as they age, or certain piping materials, like blue polybutylene, have been determined to be defective. Slab leaks can lead to significant structural damage and high repair costs because accessing the pipes beneath the concrete is challenging.

Fortunately, homeowners insurance often covers much of the cost associated with repairing a slab leak. While the pipe repair itself may not be covered, the costs of accessing the leak and restoring the area afterward may be. At Aaron Services, we have extensive experience working with insurance companies to keep the process hassle-free for our customers.

Aaron Services to the Rescue

Our experienced technician arrived promptly and conducted a thorough inspection of the area. Armed with advanced leak detection equipment, he carefully examined the entire space to identify the source of the problem. Using our state-of-the-art leak detection tools, our technician meticulously checked for leaks. Instead of finding a costly slab leak, he discovered that the source of the problem was actually in the wall, hidden behind the drywall. This meant a less involved and much more affordable repair for the customer.

leaking drainpipe
We cut out the leaking drainpipe

The Real Source of the Problem

Upon further inspection, we found that the issue was a leaking section of the drainpipe behind the wall. Several small holes in the pipe were causing the water damage, which led to the buckling hardwood floors.

We carefully opened the wall, ensuring minimal damage for a straightforward repair. Inside, we found the leaking drainpipe section and noted several small holes causing the issue. But that wasn’t all we found; there was also evidence of mold, indicating that this slow hidden leak had been causing unseen damage for some time.

Hidden Danger: Mold

leaks can cause major mold problems
Slow hidden leaks like this can cause major mold problems

It’s a good thing the customer called us when they did. Slow hidden leaks like this can lead to major mold problems over time, which can be costly and hazardous to health. The combination of moisture and darkness can encourage fast mold growth. Early detection and prompt repair are crucial in preventing such issues.

This situation highlights the importance of calling professionals promptly. Slow hidden leaks can lead to significant damage and health hazards if left untreated. At Aaron Services, our timely intervention ensured that the problem was addressed before it could escalate further.

The Repair Process

We replaced the leaking section of the drainpipe with new, high-quality piping. With the repair completed, the area is safe from further water damage. Our customer was thrilled with our quick and reliable service. They sent in a glowing review, expressing their relief and satisfaction with the outcome. They were grateful that what they feared was a major issue turned out to be a manageable and affordable repair.

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Aaron Plumbing was awesome. I thought I had a slab leak and when Stevie assessed everything he discovered it was a leak behind the powder room wall. Thanks to Stevie I didn’t have to pay as much on repairs.
Anna D.

At Aaron Services: Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, we are dedicated to providing reliable and efficient solutions for all your plumbing needs. Our expert technicians use the latest tools and techniques to diagnose and repair issues, ensuring your home stays safe and comfortable. If you suspect a leak or any other plumbing issue, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for professional and prompt service.