Under Slab Repairs In New Orleans, Slidell, Metairie
Under Slab Repairs In Metairie, Kenner, Harahan, Marrero, Harvey, Gretna, River Ridge, Jefferson, New Orleans, Algiers, Covington, Mandeville, Slidell, Madisonville, Lacomb, LA
Under Slab Repairs
In situations where drain and repairs are unavoidable, under slab work can be performed. These repairs can be time consuming and costly. Small under slab repairs can range from a few hours to days or even weeks. The methods can range from more invasive breaking of concrete to access the problem, to more traditional tunneling. Water and drain piping can both be subjected to ground settling and improper old plumbing practices.
Most water piping found under homes now a days is copper. Through use, water piping naturally expands and contracts from temperature change. While copper is resilient to many elements, it will deteriorate over time. The composition of certain soils and ground water may cause premature failure. Improper practices of not covering water piping with sleeving through concrete can have disastrous effects.
Sometimes random occurrences can cause the underground water piping to come into contact with rocks, other metals, or other foreign objects that can wear a hole into the pipe over time. In most homes, failed under slab water lines are rerouted over head or through crawl spaces to completely abandon a problem pipe. In certain situations, rerouting may not be practical. If the piping is not too old or deteriorated, we can then tunnel to the problem and make spot repairs.
Plumbing sewer drains are the most common home problem that result in under slab repairs. Old practices did not require plumbing drains under slab to be supported to the foundation. Over time, natural settling of the ground and piping can occur. When this happens, pipes will weaken and sag. This will initially cause an increased rate of drain clogs. In the end, the stress to the pipes will cause a break. When under slab repairs are performed in modern times, a stainless-steel hanger system should be installed and anchored to the homes foundation properly supporting the existing exposed pipes as well as any new repairs. Even as the ground settles, this will prevent the leading cause of under slab failures.