Why Are Texas Homes Prone to Slab Leaks?

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Why Are Texas Homes Prone to Slab Leaks?

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90% of Texas homes are built on slabs prone to cracking
90% of Texas homes are built on slabs prone to cracking

Many Texan homes are affected by slab leaks every year, causing untold damage and costing thousands in repeat repairs. But why is Texas more prone than other states?

Here at Repipe Specialists, we have helped permanently fix slab leaks across the country. If you want to know how, jump straight to our section, How Can Texas Homeowners Prevent Slab Leaks?

In this article, we will look at what makes Texas so prone to slab leaks, how expansive clay soil causes slab leaks in Texan homes, and how Texas homeowners can permanently prevent slab leaks.

Why Is Texas Prone to Slab Leaks?

Texas is especially prone to slab leaks due to its unique geological makeup. With over 90% of Texas homes being built on slab foundations, most homes are at risk of possible slab leaks if something happens to the pipes located in or underneath the slab. The main reasons why Texas is so prone to slab leaks include:

  • Expansive Soil: The expansive clay soil prevalent in many parts of Texas expands when wet and contracts when dry, exerting tremendous pressure on concrete foundations over time. This constant movement can lead to cracks in the foundation, allowing water pipes beneath to fracture and leak. We will discuss the effects of expansive soil further in the next section of this article.
  • Climate: Texas's hot and humid climate accelerates the corrosion of pipes, especially materials such as galvanized steel. The combination of expansive soil and climatic conditions creates a perfect storm for slab leaks to occur frequently across the state.
  • old galvanized pipe leaking under a slab foundation
    Old galvanized pipe leaking under a slab foundation.
  • Outdated Plumbing Systems: Cities like Houston and Dallas, with their vast suburban developments, often grapple with extensive slab leak issues due to the sheer volume of homes with aging infrastructure. Older homes often feature outdated plumbing systems like polybutylene pipes and galvanized piping, which are more susceptible to leaks due to wear and tear over time, causing possible slab leaks.

If you are worried about slab leaks but unsure about how to spot one, we have put together a detailed article that covers the common warning signs of a slab leak.

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How Does Expansive Clay Soil Cause Slab Leaks in Texas Homes?

Expansive clay soil plays a pivotal role in causing slab leaks in homes across Texas.

In Texas, where the climate swings between periods of intense drought and heavy rainfall, soil expansion and contraction are particularly common.

During periods of heavy rainfall or high humidity, expansive clay soil absorbs water and expands, exerting tremendous pressure on the concrete slabs of Texas homes. As the soil dries out during droughts, it contracts and pulls away from the foundations, creating gaps and fissures through which water pipes can rupture, while also causing instability and movement underneath the slab foundation.

This continuous cycle of soil movement, made worse by Texas's erratic weather patterns, can lead to frequent slab leaks in foundations built on expansive clay soil.

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How Can Texas Homeowners Prevent Slab Leaks?

Here at Repipe Specialists, we completely understand the headaches that slab leaks can cause Texas homeowners. The only way to prevent a slab leak in your Texas home is to avoid having fresh water lines located in or underneath a concrete slab.

By rerouting plumbing through interior walls and ceilings, away from the expansive clay soil beneath the slab, Texas homeowners can significantly reduce the risk of leaks and minimize possible costly in-slab repairs. In fact, there won't be any water pipes embedded in or under the concrete slab anymore. We have an article that details the difference between temporary and permanent slab leak repair options.

routing new PEX tubing through walls
Routing new PEX tubing through walls

For our repipes, we utilize materials resistant to corrosion and wear, such as PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) tubing, to help ensure the longevity and durability of the plumbing system in the face of Texas's harsh environmental conditions.

Opting for a full home repipe has never been easier, providing Texas homeowners with the peace of mind that they never have to go through costly slab leak repairs.

Contact us to have one of our local repipe consultants provide a free consultation and quote, delivered in-home or remotely.

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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 vs generalist plumbers. We have an article that cover repipe cost factors in detail. Our quotes typically range from $4,500 to $15,000 depending on the size and complexity of your project.

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

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