Best Guidance: Step by Step on How to Fix Leaky Pipe

Let’s be real. Leak can be anywhere. Right?  It can be in your kitchen fixtures or in basement. So how to fix a leaky pipe in basement? Is it different with faucet leak? Well, the best way to effectively do leak repairs, both in and out of slabs is to determine the type of leak you have.

Now the question: how to detect leak and determine it? Looking at the symptoms of your leaks actually can tell you what type of leak you have.

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Sign of Leaky Pipe

To understand whether you have a slab leak or a different type of leak in your plumbing system, you must look at the symptoms.  These symptoms will give you an indication on where your leaks lie.  Basically, slab leak repairs will be different from all other types of leak repairs simply because of its location.  To check if you are dealing with a slab leak, look at these symptoms:

  • Running water sounds when no water is turned on
  • Hot spots on the floor
  • Damp cracks on walls and floors
  • Excessive moisture or mildew underneath carpets

All of these indicate that you are dealing with slab leaks.  A high water bill was not mentioned as part of the symptoms because it is a more general symptom of leaks in your plumbing system rather than being specific to slab leaks.

Benefits of locating Slab Leaks

After you have established that you are dealing with a slab leak, the next important step is to find the specific location of the leak.  It is impractical to just break into slabs or pool decks without confirmation of the specific location of the leak.  We can do this for you using technically advanced equipment and methods that can pinpoint the location with precision.  This will give you some benefits like:

  • Access to modern equipment like electromagnetic pipeline locators and electronic amplification equipment
  • Non-destructive and minimal disruption of your routine
  • Saves you time and money
  • Unnecessary property damage is avoided

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How to Repair?

Before implementing the repair options for your leaks, the water supply would have to be turned off to avoid potential accidents.  For any other type of leaks, the isolator valve would be used to stop water supply to the specific area of your plumbing system where the leak is found.  Normally, for slab leaks, the main shutoff valve is turned off.

To begin slab leak repairs, you will be presented with the repair scenario and the possible options that will be done.  The normal remedies will include:

  • Spot repair – the slab will be opened up on the spot where the leak is found and repaired.  This is fast and cost effective that is recommended for new constructions mostly.
  • In-place pipe coating – when many small leaks have been detected in your system, this is the most cost-effective solution to have.  It relies on the use of an in-place epoxy pipe coating to fix the leaks.
  • Rerouting – this is the best option for older homes or plumbing systems that have histories of leaks.  The entire line will be replaced creating a new flow path for your water supply.

Do You Need A Plumber?


If your leaky pipe is in the faucet, base faucet leak, or shower, you may handle it by yourself. But if the leaks are in the drain system, basement or slab leak, you HAVE to call a professional plumber to handle this.

Because it doesn’t only require a good knowledge and experience, it also requires an advanced plumbing tools to handle and fix it.

We at Downey Plumbing offer all these remedies, whichever is right for your plumbing system. We make sure we offer you the economic option with the same high quality service.

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