How Much Does It Cost to Repair A Slab Leak?

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How Much Does It Cost to Repair A Slab Leak?

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Best value: a full repipe is a permanent fix to slab leaks
Best value: a full repipe is a permanent fix to slab leaks

Slab leaks occur when a fresh water line or sewer line located beneath or in the concrete slab of a house begins to leak, causing possibly significant damage and costs. In this article, we will focus on the cost to repair slab leaks caused by incoming fresh water lines that have failed.

The cost to repair a slab leak will vary depending on how you choose to repair the leak.

If you have had a slab leak, you will need to weigh up the cost of an in-slab repair against the cost of a complete repipe. Here at Repipe Specialists, our complete repipes typically range from $4,500 to $15,000, depending on the size and complexity of the home.

We will cover the costs associated with both in-slab repairs and full home repipes, and why we believe a complete repipe is always the most cost-effective slab leak repair option.

How Much Does It Cost To Repair A Slab Leak?

The costs associated with repairing a slab leak can vary greatly depending on how you decide to repair the leak. There are two types of slab leak repair to consider:

  1. In-slab repair: This requires opening large (and often multiple) portions of a slab with a jackhammer and then relaying concrete in the middle of your home.
  2. Complete repipe: Here at Repipe Specialists, our repipes do not require cutting into the concrete slab. Instead, we cap off the fresh water lines that are already in or under your slab, leaving them in place. Then, we route all your new plumbing through walls, ceilings, and attics, completely bypassing the slab and preventing future slab leaks.

For the remainder of the article, we will discuss the process and costs associated with these two slab leak repair options.


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In-Slab Repair: Partial Slab Leak Solution

We consider an in-slab repair a "temporary" solution because whatever caused the slab leak initially has a high likelihood of occurring again in another part of the slab. You can also visit our article that covers the common causes of slab leaks, ranging from faulty old pipes to shifting soil.

In-slab repairs partially address the problem causing the slab leak, but can be both intrusive and expensive. In fact, we have come across in-slab repair quotes for a single section of leaking pipe, that exceeded the cost of one of our full home repipes.

Corroded pipe leaking under a slab
Corroded pipe leaking under a slab

Multiple repairs can accumulate over time, leading to costs skyrocketing well beyond the expense of a full home repipe, often reaching tens of thousands of dollars.


A Complete Repipe: Permanent Slab Leak Solution

A complete repipe might sound like a more expensive option compared to a single in-slab repair, however, we always suggest a full home repipe as the best option for several reasons:

  • Less intrusive: jackhammering (and later pouring) concrete in the middle of your home, will always be messier and more intrusive than our whole home repipe process.
  • Routing new PEX tubing through walls
    Routing new PEX tubing through walls
  • Completed in 1-2 days: in-slab repairs often take much longer than whole home repipes which can often be done in one day, with wall patching on a second day.
  • Guarantee against future slab leaks: After a repipe, you'll no longer have incoming water lines in your slab, so it simply isn't possible to ever suffer a slab leak again.
  • Lower cost: costs of repeated in-slab repairs and associated water leak damage will almost always exceed the one time cost of a whole home repipe.

We have also completed many repipes for homeowners who had no plumbing issues but chose to be proactive in order to avoid the headaches and costs associated with unplanned slab leaks.

We have an article that covers repipe cost factors in detail, or you can jump to our next section to get a quote on a repipe.


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Here at Repipe Specialists, we've completed thousands of slab leak repipes across the country, rerouting the home's plumbing through walls and ceilings so there is no possibility of slab leaks occurring. We also continually get positive customer feedback from customers about their overall home repipe experiences. We often exceed their expectations on:

  • Speed: Our repipe crews typically complete a repipe in a day, returning on another day for wall patching.
  • Convenience: Through our One-Stop Repipe™ Process, we handle everything from permits to wall patching to inspections.
  • Cleanliness: Our crews are trained to protect your home while working (we cover all surfaces with protective sheeting) and to clean up fully at the end of each day.
  • Peace of Mind: Repipe Specialists is a fully licensed plumber in every state we operate in, and we back all of our repipes with a lifetime warranty.
  • Financing programs: To help take the sting out of unplanned repipe expenses, we offer several financing programs.
  • Price: As a specialist that performs hundreds of repipes a week, we can deliver high-quality repipes at a lower cost compared to generalist plumbers.

Schedule a free in-home consult, and a local estimator will explain all your repipe options and provide you with a written, fixed price quote. Get a repipe and avoid slab leaks forever.


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Since our founding in 1991, we've been completing residential and multi-family building repipes to the highest standard.

With over 75,000 repipes completed, we've perfected our  One Stop Repipe™ process: providing you with a high quality and convenient repipe experience while offering significant savings compared to traditional plumbers - plus, our work is guaranteed for life.

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