Copper pipe leak under slab in Lakeland Florida

Pro-Tech Plumbing LLC.
Your Home Plumbing Specialists
Residential Plumbing
Serving Polk County Florida
863-293-4202
863-687-8082

Emergency Service Is Our Specialty
Emergency Service In Less Than 60 Minutes!

slableak Copper pipe leak under slab in Lakeland Florida

Copper pipe leak under the slab. House flood.

Call 863-687-8082. This was a pretty typical slab leak call out in Lakeland Florida. In the Kathleen area to be specific. A slab leak is when a copper pipe gets a pinhole leak under the slab (foundation) of the home. Water leaks may go undetected for long periods under the slab because the water may soak into sandy soils rather than being forced up through cracks in the slab. At a certain point, the leak either shows up on the water bill or the ground gets saturated and then the house floods. Just because you see the water seeping up from an area into the floor, that doesn’t mean the copper pipe leak is actually in that location. Many times the leak must first be located using electronic leak detection equipment.

 

Once the leak is found the most common repair technique is to jackhammer open the slab and replace the bad section of pipe. The problem with this is that here in Polk County Florida ( Lakeland, Winter Haven ), the leak is usually caused be internal pitting where ever flux was used to solder the pipes. This flux is usually oil soluble and sticks to the insides of the pipes when they were soldered. Since the chemical was used at every connection, the whole system has been compromised. All of the flux was applied at the same time and exposed to water at the same time. Because of this the pinholes may not start for years but once you get the first one, many more will follow. The best long term solution is to just repipe the house.

We offer the described services in Lakeland, Winter Haven and all of Polk County Florida. We are the plumbers to call if you have this plumbing situation. 863-687-8082

Pro-Tech Plumbing LLC.
Your Home Plumbing Specialists
Residential Plumbing
Serving Polk County Florida
863-293-4202
863-687-8082

Emergency Service Is Our Specialty
Emergency Service In Less Than 60 Minutes!

Tags: , ,