Dealing with Slab Leaks

If your home sits on a slab, that slab can develop leaks. If it does, water can ooze up from under the slab and make its way into your home, destroying floorboards, walls, rugs and even furniture. Water that pools under the slab can also loosen the slab from the soil and allow the slab to shift. When that happens, your home can slide right off its foundation, causing many thousands of dollars worth of damage.

E and K Plumbing Repairs Leaks in:

Fayetteville, Georgia, Peachtree City, Georgia, Locust Grove, Newnan, McDonough

Identifying Problems
Slab leaks are typically the result of running water under or around your home, usually from rain, though problems can also be caused by over-watering or other sources of water near your home. If you suspect that water is building up under your home’s slab, or if you see signs of water inside of your home, you need to get it professionally repaired as soon as possible. Ignoring such problems can lead to structural damage within your home and can render it unsafe for you to live in.

Often a slab leak is identified when a wet spot or puddle is noticed inside the home. Unless the roof is obviously dripping in that area, the problem is almost certainly a slab leak. Another clue to a serious problem is if you notice water running out from under your home, usually only on one side. This moving water can erode the area under your slab quite quickly and must not be ignored.

The Repair Process
The first thing that has to be done is to remove the water that is under the house. This may require pumps and the digging of trenches to direct the water away from the slab. The slab must be dried completely so that the repair can be accomplished. A wet slab can’t be fixed.

Once the water has been removed, the cracks in the slab will shrink slightly as the slab shifts, making it easier to repair. After being allowed to dry, a special compound is forced into the cracks. This compound will both seal the crack and hold the slab together, preventing further cracking. The entire crack must be filled completely to stop all leaking. Once the compound is dry, the is complete.

If You Suspect a Crack
If you suspect that your slab has a crack in it, call the experts at and request an inspection. They will come out and can let you know right away if you have a cracked slab or not. If it’s cracked, they’ll find and repair it before your home suffers any serious damage.