Water Leak Detection Fort Lauderdale, Florida
954.419.4783 | OC Leak Detection & Water Damage Remediation is a locally owned leak detection & water damage remediation service serving Fort Lauderdale, Florida and it's surrounding communities. Storm damage and slab leaks from plumbing leaks are a constant threat in our area that causes water intrusion leaks almost year round. Our Thermal Imaging Technology using FLIR, allows us to quickly locate your leaks, identify your water damage and get your family on the fast track to remediate the damage to your home before mold sets in. Our team understands how to make the emergency leak detection and the repair process in Fort Lauderdale painless and efficient for the homeowner. Our detailed organization and proven leak detection and remediation processes routinely result in our customers 100% satisfaction whether it's for a water intrusion leak from a storm or hurricane to a slab leak or leaking plumbing line.
OC Leak Detection & Water Damage Remediation was founded in Southwest Florida serving Fort Lauderdale, and has been an extraordinary example of integrity and success in the local leak detection industry. With over 25 years in the emergency leak detection service for homes, the OC Leak Detection team provides expert guidance through every phase of your emergency, from leak detection to water and mold damage remediation.
The experts at OC Leak Detection & Water Damage Remediation not only specialize in leak detection and water damage remediation for storm and hurricane damage intrusion, but we also specialize in slab leak detection, slab leak repair and the repair of all leaky pipes. Our highly-experienced and talented leak detection specialists are here to help you with any leak or plumbing leak needs you may have in the Fort Lauderdale area.
Water Damage Remediation in Fort Lauderdale
In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, water damage from Hurricanes and Storms pose a big threat to our communities. Even with the smallest combination of wind and rain can allow water to intrude into your home. At OC Leak Detection & Water Damage Remediation, we offer a variety of storm damage remediation services for your home in Fort Lauderdale. Whether your home sustained flood damage as a result of heavy rains or storm surge, we have the expertise, and the equipment to locate your water intrusion location and remediate the water damage to make your home or business safe and secure once more.
Slab Leak Detection Fort Lauderdale, Florida
What is a Slab Leak?
To under stand exactly what a slab leak is, you first have to understand how the system runs under your concrete floors of your home in Fort Lauderdale.
Homes with under slab copper have lines running from point A to B and so on. Water comes in at your main shut off and goes under ground and pops up to supply a fixture. Pipes join together at areas called manifolds, one line comes in to feed the fixture and other lines go out to perform the same task at other fixtures until every plumbing fixture has water. Imagine hoses running to each fixture and then running of to feed another fixture, that's what the system is doing under slab. Its basically a spiderweb of copper lines all meeting above ground at the manifolds. This will be the same for the hot and cold water systems.
A "slab leak" is a term dubbed by plumbers which actually does not correctly identify what is going on. First off, copper lines penetrate the slab but do not run through them. The copper lines are running under the slab through the dirt typically at 12-18 inches down. When you have a "slab leak" it is a pinhole that has formed on one of the individual lines that are feeding fixtures. It is the same as a pinhole leak that would happen in the wall or overhead, this is just happening under slab. Keep in mind the average 3 bathroom home has roughly 20-30 individual copper lines running underground coming up to these manifold points.
So what can you do to prevent slab leaks from happening?
There are typically warning signs that you have a slab leak (as listed above). You may not be able to prevent a slab leak this way, but you can mitigate the water damage before it occurs. In order to completely rid yourself of slab leaks your only option is to repipe which we will go over below.
In order to fix a slab leak, you have three options:
- #1 The first option is what is called a direct access repair. This where the leak is identified on the line that is leaking, the ground is opened up and a spot fix is put on the leaking copper line. This is not the best repair in my opinion and is more of a band-aid approach. When a copper line has a pinhole in it, it is typically terminal and needs to be completely replaced. Most insurance companies try to opt for this approach because it is slightly cheaper. Do not be fooled, a repair this way will almost certainly lead you back to a repair on the same line very soon.
- #2 The second and the most common option would be a single line reroute. This is where the line that is leaking is identified at the two points it comes out of the ground and abandoned. Once you have abandoned this individual line that was leaking underground, a new line is run overhead and or through the walls connecting the two original points that were being supplied. We always recommend running this line in Pex and typically Uponor Brand Pex because of the 25 Year Manufacturer Warranty it comes with. This is as bulletproof as it gets for a new line. Now keep in mind, this is a single line reroute. If the average 3 bath home has 20-30 individual lines running underground, you just replaced one.
- #3 This last option is the most expensive and most invasive, but it will completely eliminate slab leaks from your life. This option is a whole house repipe. This involves opening walls and ceilings and running a brand new water system in Uponor Brand Pex for the hot and cold piping. This typically can be completed in a week or less while you are still living in your home with your water on (in most cases). More and more homeowners are opting for this option because either their insurance companies have given them no choice, or they are just done with the constant worry and stress of another potential surprise leak.
Whichever option you choose, OC Leak Detection & Water Damage Remediation can help you. We can locate and quickly stop the leak as well as help determine your best course of action on the repair, we can also handle all of the water damage remediation you have had from the leak if there is any, and we can help walk you through a potential insurance claim in Fort Lauderdale.
Here are the most common signs of a slab leak:
- A sudden rise in the gas or water bill
- The sound of water flowing through pipes when they are not in use
- The water heater running non-stop
- Warm or hot spots on the floor
- Constant wet spots outside or near the stucco of the home