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Old 06-09-2015, 12:46 AM
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Anybody ever have to repair a slab leak? I'm looking for some recommendations for plumbers in the area that some of you may have had a good experience with. Thanks in advance guys and gals!
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Old 06-09-2015, 05:02 PM
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What's a "slab leak?"
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Old 06-09-2015, 06:26 PM
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Water line leak under the foundation.
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That's what I thought, but was not sure. Sounds like the infameous Chinese copper tubing problem. There were hundreds of houses built in Venice in the 1990's that had to be completely re-plumbed starting around 2002, & the re-plumbing was done thru the rafters in most cases.

Babe's Plumbing in Venice is one of the best, and I think they also service Sarasota. If you are interested, call 488-2402, and ask for Joe - he has worked there all his life and runs the company.
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I know more than I want to about slab leaks. 30 yr plumber in osprey, you can call me in the morning if you like. Bob 416-7714
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:57 AM
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House was built in the 60s. The gf has it taken care of since I'm not in town but thanks gitnerdone!
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Consider inserting pex tube one size smaller through the leaking pipe.( First find it!! ) Don't break up floor till you eliminate a sleeving option with the pex. If your plumber isn't familiar with this trick, call me. (727-423-6631) it isn't always practical, but if your situation warrants, it's WAY cheaper!!!
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:30 PM
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Got it fixed for $475 which is WAY cheaper than I originally anticipated. Would have been $50 cheaper but apparently I have a really thick foundation at over a foot. Thanks for the input guys!
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That was your wake up call. Now make a plan for a re-pipe.
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Who did you end up using?
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Old 06-11-2015, 07:10 PM
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Leak Sleuths. Was on the phone with Florida Pipe Lining and the guy I spoke with highly recommended them. They showed up on time and were efficient. $300 to find the leak and then $125 to expose and fix. We have a thicker foundation than normal so it was an extra $50. Cant complain as this is a temporary fix in my mind because we will probably have to do repipe the whole house for my peace of mind.
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Don't want to hijack post but.
My son has the same problem. Pex in slab to island sink . Able to sleeve hot water line but cold water seems to be kinked. They are trying to pull a 1/4" in.
Big problem is slab is post tension d so they cant cut it. Any one have a solution??
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Originally Posted by jetboat69 View Post
Don't want to hijack post but.
My son has the same problem. Pex in slab to island sink . Able to sleeve hot water line but cold water seems to be kinked. They are trying to pull a 1/4" in.
Big problem is slab is post tension d so they cant cut it. Any one have a solution??
All the houses in my hood have corroded sewer pipes under the slab. Built in early 60's. One of my neighbors had a vaccum truck suck a tunnel under the slab and they fixed it from underneath. The truck then blew the dirt back in. I would hate to have to tear up my slab and go through the hassle of all the dust and having to re tile the house.
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Old 11-02-2016, 12:41 AM
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Makes you wonder why they don't put nice big (2") utility conduits (pipes) under the slab to begin with...
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Old 11-02-2016, 06:08 AM
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How did you resolve? If you just fixed that leak, you need to know you have another one coming. Once the copper under the slab starts to degrade, it will happen again. You really should just re-pipe the house with c-pvc. I fix housed after floods and this is a very common problem. If you need a referral for an honest plumber, send me a p.m.
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