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Old 07-05-2010, 07:17 PM
 
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Oof! That's gotta be expensive.

So that's the problem with slabs. What's the alternative?
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Old 07-05-2010, 07:32 PM
 
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....So that's the problem with slabs. What's the alternative?
In this area the alternative is usually a crawlspace though there are some basements. It is very important however if you get a home with a crawlspace, that the builder put it up high enough so that mold doesn't become a problem. Many, especially in the last few years, will take short cuts here and build the house too close to the ground. A crawlspace should be at least high enough where you can easily reach any place under the house at least your hands and knees. The more space the better.
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Old 07-05-2010, 07:35 PM
 
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Thanks. (I should have thought of that.)

Sounds a little claustrophobic. <wince>
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Old 07-06-2010, 05:11 AM
 
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Thanks Lumbollo.

I have some plumbers coming today and will also call my insurance agent today. Hoping for the best.
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Old 07-06-2010, 05:22 AM
 
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If I had to guess...

I'd say your lateral (waste line tying to the City system) is clogged and backing up. Have you located your clean-out caps? I'd start there with a snake. Chances are you won't need to cut into the slab for sewer repair.
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Old 07-06-2010, 01:19 PM
 
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I hope that your experience will not be overly expense... there was a heated thread awhile back on slab built verses crawl space.... unfortunately the problem you may be having is one of the cons against slab built homes...
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:28 AM
 
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Update: the plumber is coming back again today with a camera to try and figure out exactly where the leak is. We noticed some water pooling up in the one part of the house that is a crawlspace and we are afraid the whole part of the house that is on slab is completely saturated with water causing it to leak form both sides. He is also afraid that if it has been going on long enough, there might be erosion/foundation issues too.

HARD LEARNED LESSONS:
-Make sure your insurance covers sewer line backups and know what your coverage is for water damage. Its only an extra $30 or so per year for $10,000 of coverage but most people don't have this.
-If you have a crawlspace, check for water and/or smells that could indicate a leak (not sure how you could tell if you are on slab). I am going to buy a sensor today to alert me of any water in the future.
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:28 PM
 
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Ouch... while I was reading this I was about to write that I hoped you had water back up and sump overflow coverage (you should really have more than 10k coverage). There is still a chance, thought, that you might be covered under a plumbing break, as it sounds thought it could possibly be caused by a plumbing break rather than water back up (can't remember last time it rained). What insurance carrier do you have? Make sure you know the cause of the problem before you make a claim, if you claim it and its not covered, it will still count against you. That's all you need, to be out of pocket for foundation issues AND have your premium increased!
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:16 PM
 
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Ha. Wouldnt that be fun.

Found out from the camera that the sewer pipe under slab foundation is broken and most of the water from our upstairs bathroom just empties out somewhere under the slab. Looks like we will be tearing out our nice wood floors, cutting into concrete to try and find the leak and repair the problem. Worst case is that the entire area under the slab is flooded, we have to tear everythign out and then we have foundation issues.

The plumber looked at me and said "this is going to suck for you, Im sorry". Great!

Also, he also said he is a 3rd generation plumber and his dad gave him the advice "never buy a house that is on slab"
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:48 PM
 
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Frank - I am really surprised that your house was built in 1968 on a slab. It seems to me like most of the slab-built homes around here were built in the last 20 or so years. I had a leak in a pipe under my house (built in 1961) but luckily it was accessible thru the crawl space and could be easily fixed.

Sorry you have to go thru this - hopefully it won't be as bad as it seems!
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