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Why Is My Floor Wet?

You’re walking through your house when suddenly the floor beneath your feet feels damp, chilly, and annoyingly leaves your socks all wet. But wait a minute… there’s no faucet or fixture anywhere around. Why is the floor in the middle of your living room soggy like your lawn after a fresh rain?

Unless you have children who have spilled something and hesitated to tell you, the answer is unfortunately not usually a good thing: this usually indicates the presence of a slab leak. When your home is constructed, plumbing lines are usually run through the foundation, and are then cemented into place when concrete is poured to form the slab the house is built on. If you have an older home constructed with galvanized steel plumbing, a slab leak can form purely over time as your pipes corrode, but there are other causes as well, like foundation shifting or earthquake damage.

Are Slab Leaks Serious?

Yes, very much so. A slab leak can cause potentially catastrophic damage to your home. In mild cases, a slab leak can leave a pesky wet spot in your home, but even this is bad news. The constant moisture and organic matter in your flooring can cause mold colonies to take root and spread quickly.

In more serious cases, these leaks can wreak havoc on your foundation itself. A large leak can saturate the soil beneath your slab, causing it to wash away and leave a void that could cause the foundation to crack and collapse. It could also cause clay-based soil to expand and create a bulge, also causing your foundation to crack and break apart. None of these things are good.

How Do I Repair a Slab Leak?

Repairing a slab leak starts with determining where the leak is. This may seem like searching for a needle in a haystack, considering the hundreds of feet of plumbing running through your home and several inches of concrete cover your pipes. However, the expert Simi Valley plumbers at Dutton Plumbing have the tools and training to locate your leak quickly and figure out the best plan of attack to resolve it.

Running a New Line

In some cases, our plumbers can run what’s known as a “delete,” which essentially deletes the damaged line from the rest of your plumbing system. This is done by locating where the line both enters and exits your slab, cutting the pipe, and attaching a new one that instead runs through a different route, like up through your ceiling. This is generally the preferred way of handling things if we can because it doesn’t involve destroying your flooring or cutting into your slab in order to stop the leak.

Fixing the Damaged Line

If the line can’t be deleted, then we may have to go in and fix the damaged pipe itself. This may involve digging into your slab where the leak is located and sealing it or otherwise replacing that section of pipe with a new segment. This is generally a much costlier and time-consuming method, but there are some instances where it’s the only viable option.

If you suspect you have a slab leak, Dutton Plumbing can help you resolve your issue! Call us at (844) 811-5449 for a plumbing inspection today.

Why Dutton?

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Our Customers Love Dutton!

  • “ We had major main sewer problem in the front yard that took 7 working days to complete. Sean Goldate and his crew gave us very good service & advice on how to solve the problem. With their help and repair, we can now get back to enjoying our home.”

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  • “Ramiro was so awesome! He got arrived quickly and resolved our plumbing problem within minutes.”

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  • “Bryan was professional and courteous and fixed the stopped up toilet very quickly.”

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  • “Armando was wonderful! I want Armando to be my plumber from now on!”

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  • “We just had a really great experience with Dutton Plumbing. We called them this morning because our regular plumbing service was to busy to come out. They were great and we have water again, yeah! One million stars for Dutton Plumbing!”

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  • “Dutton is the only plumbing business I will ever use, and I have told my family they would be a lot better off to go with Dutton. Brett gives Dutton a very good name. I will always ask for him. A job well done Brett.”

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  • “Once again, Matt D. came to the rescue! He fixed our leaky toilet efficiently and professionally. ”

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  • “Excellent timely service & friendly professional plumbers”

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  • “Besides being very pleasant and knowing his job, Sam is a fast, efficient worker. Thank you again for good service, including installation of the water heater and the copper re-piping. You have excellent service people, and Sam is A-1, extra deluxe.”

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  • “We thank you for your good service and polite workers.”

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  • “I was amazed to see the work commitment and dedication both men displayed. Struggling to get the new heater in the confined cabinet was like a magician performing his magic. Hats off to two extraordinary workers!”

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  • “Orlando and Luis were very friendly, professional and concerned about cleanliness. I highly recommend them and hope that you will recognize them for their great service. They are both assets to Dutton Plumbing!!”

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  • “He did an excellent job at this and I was very happy at the results and how easily the fixture works now. His manner is very pleasant and friendly...I recommend him very highly as a technician.”

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  • “Matt D. He was so professional, kind and skilled. The whole neighborhood was very impressed with his whole appearance and professionalism.”

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  • “It is a relief to know we have a plumber we can turn to that we can trust.”

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