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Plano Slab Leak Plumbing

Plano’s Go-To Slab Leak Plumbers

Beneath the familiar comfort of your home, a hidden danger may reside: a slab leak. This silent menace, if left undetected, can cause significant problems. Weakened water pressure, dampness in the air, and even foundational damage are all potential consequences that can cast a shadow of costly repairs.

Finding and fixing the leak as quickly as possible is crucial to the health of your home. That’s where Earl’s slab leak plumbers step in, Plano’s trusted experts in locating and fixing sudden slab leaks. Leveraging advanced technology and extensive experience, we can pinpoint the leak’s exact location and implement prompt, effective repairs. Not guesswork, no fuss—just efficient solutions to restore your home and peace of mind.

Don’t let a hidden leak chip away at your Plano haven. Contact Earl’s today for a stress-free consultation and secure your home’s foundation for years to come.

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If you’re in Plano, Frisco, McKinney, or surrounding communities, give us a call today.

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Slab Leak Detection Plano: We’ve Seen It All

When faced with a slab leak, many homeowners find themselves overwhelmed, not only by the complexity of the repair but also by the prospect of hefty expenses. Some plumbing companies, eager to capitalize on this vulnerability, specialize solely in slab leak fixes, much like the ambulance-chasing personal injury lawyers of the plumbing world. They may claim to be experts, but specialization doesn’t guarantee competence.

At Earl’s Plumbing, we believe in honesty and transparency. We’re not afraid to call it as we see it, and we’ve seen it all when it comes to slab and plumbing leaks. We’re here to address your concerns, provide clear information, and prepare you for what to expect before you call us.

Please review the information below so you feel empowered to make informed decisions about your plumbing needs. And remember, not all slab leak plumbers are created equal. Choosing our services means gaining an unwavering guide through the maze of slab leak issues.

Plano’s Frequently Asked Questions: Slab Leak Detection, Repair, Testing, And More

With over 50 years of experience, Earl’s Plumbing knows a thing or two about slab leaks. From detection and repair to testing and more, we’re here to answer your most common questions and prepare you for what to expect when you call.

To see if you have coverage before you have any structural-related issues to your home, ask your insurance company the following: “Does my homeowner’s insurance policy have the required endorsement for coverage of slab and foundation-related damages caused by water leaks from both water lines and sewer breaks?”

Surprisingly, we’ve found that about 35-40% of the homeowners we work for don’t have this important policy endorsement. In most cases, you can call and have the endorsement added for less than $80 per year. This could cover tens of thousands of dollars in excavation or what they call “access work.” Interior home damage to flooring or furnishings may be covered by your regular homeowner’s policy. But it does not cover the access to or the repair of the broken pipe (water line or sewer line).

Keep in mind, though, that that’s just for the plumbing work itself. Without the right endorsement or coverage from your homeowner’s insurance policy, this repair could end up being a significant out-of-pocket expense.

While some warning signs may be water coming through your floor, wall, or underneath a cabinet, there are other, more common signs and symptoms that may help you identify a slab leak, such as:

  • A warm spot on the floor
  • An increase in water usage and a high water bill
  • Running water sounds which can present as faint, hissing, or spraying sounds
  • If your water dial is registering usage, but you aren’t using any fixtures

Aging pipes, shifting soil, or corrosion are contributing factors to this type of plumbing problem. And since they often go unnoticed, they can cause water damage, thus increasing your monthly water bill. If you notice damp carpets or a sudden spike in your water bill, it’s time to call Earl’s Plumbing.

  • Visual inspection: We’ll examine areas that are accessible, searching for signs of leaks like water stains or dampness.
  • Acoustic listening devices: We’ll employ specialized microphones placed on the slab to detect sounds of water flow.
  • Infrared cameras: We’ll utilize cameras designed to identify temperature changes in the slab, which can indicate the location of the leak.
  • Pressure testing: We’ll isolate sections of the plumbing system and pressurize them, then monitor for pressure drops that could suggest a leak.
  • Slab penetrating techniques: This includes drilling holes into the slab to access and examine the pipes directly, usually as a last resort.
  • Main water shut-off valve: There isn’t a home in Plano, TX, that doesn’t have this valve in place. This should be working and easily accessible as it’s designed for homeowners to access in the event of an emergency. Depending on the city you live in and the age of the home, your main shut-off valve should be located in one of the following places: Flower beds, flower bed valve boxes, garage or utility rooms, and main water manifold closet.
  • Irrigation double-check valve: This valve is usually in a valve box near the street and/or the main water meter, is green and rectangular, and measures about 12” x 17”. This valve must be in good working order because it has two shut-off valves (sometimes three) that allow us to isolate the irrigation system from the main water supply. Isolating allows us to ensure that the potential water leak is not on the irrigation side of the system.
  • Water heater shut-off valve: This valve shuts off the water going to the water heater(s). It is usually easily accessed but not always functioning. And if it is an older multi-turn gate valve (defined above), then the likelihood of it completely shutting the water off is remote. It will slow the water down in the case of an emergency water heater rupture, but it will not allow us to fully isolate to test for a slab leak.
  • Toilet supply shut-off valve: Commonly referred to as an “angle stop,” we have seen a lot of plumbing situations in Plano houses that have been flooded because they cannot get the toilet to stop running and the shut-off valve does not work. If the toilet is leaking through, this shut-off either needs to fully operate or the guts in the toilet need to be replaced—possibly both.
  • Hose spigot or hose bib: This valve is located outside of your home and is what you connect your water hose to. For testing purposes, this must be free of leaks or drips both when off and when on. The reason for this is that at least one hose spigot must be properly functioning for us to attach our pressure gauges to the domestic water supply system.

This is done by listening for and finding the loudest two points in your home, and once these points have been identified, a frequency transmitter is attached to the water lines where it produces a specific frequency that another locator device senses and detects. The readings allow us to create a blue tape map of the water lines on your floors.

Our time-tested repair processes are the only methods we know that definitively address and permanently resolve slab leaks. In order of commonality and prevalence, these are:

  • Tunnel excavation to the point of leak
  • Concrete slab penetration and excavation
  • Water line reroute 

Plano Loves Earl’s Slab Leak Plumbers

“Earl’s Plumbing did a thorough repair of a tankless water heater we had installed earlier in the year. We did not know this, but if you’re going to go tankless, you need a highly qualified technician to make things right and to be fully covered by warranty. Look no further than Earl’s Plumbing.”

Alex Ward

“We had two different plumbing companies separately work on the tub (no water running) and sink (water won’t drain) issues. Each plumbing company charged us $$$ and did not fix the issue. We called a third company; T.J. assured us they would figure out and resolve the issue. T.J. sent out Scotty and Alex from Earl’s Plumbing the same day within 2 hours AND they fixed both issues and could tell we were concerned so they explained the real issue and through laughter lightened the concern. Scotty and Alex are awesome and valuable so we gave them five stars. Signed, grateful customers.”

C Mac

“On Time, friendly, informative, professional! What more can you ask for? On top of that, the Price was as quoted. No one tried to up-sale me and there was a follow up call a few days later, to check if everything was OK. A great experience all around. I will definitely call Earl’s Plumbing again when I need a Plumber!”

Rudi H.
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Choose Earl’s Expert Slab Leak Plumbers Today

Don’t settle for weeks of uncertainty, watching as the damage mounts. When a slab leak strikes, get decisive action and immediate peace of mind with Earl’s slab leak plumbers. We’re committed to alleviating your anxiety as quickly as possible, and unlike those who rely on third-party providers, we take complete control, dispatching our expert slab leak plumbers to your aid without a moment’s hesitation.

We understand how disruptive a slab leak can be on your daily life, which is why we’ve invested over $10,000 in state-of-the-art water leak detection and location equipment so we can swiftly pinpoint the source of the problem and restore normalcy to your home.

Earl’s Plumbing is your one-stop shop for all things slab leak. No guesswork, no delays, just prompt service backed by 50 years of experience. Stop the damage in its tracks and breathe easy again. Contact us today for your estimate, and let us put our skills to work!

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