One of the trickiest plumbing problems to deal with in a house is the slab leak. This is a leak that occurs in the hot or cold water lines buried in the concrete foundation of a house, although it can also refer to any leak in a pipe located in hardscaping. Because these leaks are hard to detect at first, they can create significant damage and water waste before they are repaired. Slab leaks require expert plumbers with the best tools to access them and fix them correctly.
You might wonder how pipes buried down in concrete can develop leaks. Don’t they have the best possible protection against damage? No, not exactly. There are several specific issues that can lead to slab leaks. We’ll look at the most common of them below.