"Potential Plumbing Problems"
The Scoop . . .
When your slab is shifted, your pipes shift too. Sometimes they break or pull loose, creating leaks. Most foundation guys avoid bringing these issues up altogether. They’re there to fix your foundation, get paid and move on to the next job. The last thing they want to do is raise questions about what could happen as they shift your home back into level.
Conversely, you get a straightforward approach here at CenTex. Because it just makes more sense to discuss and address potential plumbing problems up-front. When we’re already at your home repairing your foundation. So there are no surprises and everything can be dealt with on the spot. When we drive away for the final time your home is buttoned up and functioning as it should be.
Background . . .
Homes have two kinds of plumbing lines. The incoming lines from the City are pressurized and copper and run inside the slab. While the outgoing drain lines are cast iron or PVC and run below the slab.
What happens . . .
When you lift a slab, the copper lines come up with the home. Meanwhile, the drain lines have the potential to pull away from the foundation or break altogether. In our experience this happens about one-third of the time.
If your home has cast iron plumbing (built before 1980) your chance of experiencing plumbing issues increases with foundation repair.
Effect . . .
Leaks of any type can wreak havoc on your home’s foundation. The introduction of water can undermine the piers’ ability to support the foundation the way it was intended. And in most instances leaks discovered down the road will void your warranty.
Testing . . .
Testing is necessary to determine drain line function after foundation repair. The first step is a simple, “pass or fail”, Static Leak Test. The cleanout in your yard is filled with a test ball to block the line. If water drains from any facility it is an indication there is a leak somewhere in the drain line system. On every slab repair, CenTex includes and coordinates this test with a third party Plumber registered with State Board.
If the Static Leak Test fails, and Isolation Test is required at additional cost. This involves blocking off lines in an attempt to isolate the source of the leak. In some instances a camera may be used for further evaluation.
With this information a formal bid can be prepared to address the specific news of your own situation.