Underground Leak Detection/Line Detection

Roto-Rooter's state-of-the-art line detection equipment can locate underground metallic, cast-iron or nonmetallic pipes and ducts without expensive and sometimes disruptive digging. When your business is facing down time due to broken or leaking pipes, you want your commercial plumber to have the most advanced equipment available to quickly locate the problem and expedite repairs. We use advanced technology sensors to help locate gas pipes and avoid accidentally digging into one. We can locate water leaks in any pipe whether underground or beneath concrete and floors. Our line detection equipment is rugged and works in nearly any weather.  

Leaks from pipes, plumbing fixtures and fittings are a substantial source of water waste for many homes. Research has shown that the typical home can lose 2,000 to 20,000 gallons of water per year due to pipe leaks. If not caught and repaired, these leaks can cause significant damage. As soon as a leak is detected, water leak repair is critical. Water leaks in your home can be costly and can do extensive damage if not taken care of immediately. Some leaks may go undetected for years because the source is not visible. For instance, water supply line to toilets, showers, tubs and sinks are usually located behind the walls, under floors and underground. Toilets are also a common source of leaks because they leak silently.

If you notice a leak in your home, Roto-Rooter can assist by providing professional water leak detection equipment. However, there are some measures homeowners can take in order to detect potential leaks  before they get out of hand:

·         Check your water bill for significant increases over a specific time period.

·         Check your yard. If there is an area that was always dry now consistently wet, you may have a leak.

·         If your home has a slab, check the slab for water coming up through it.

·         Listen for the sound of water running.


Performing your own regular water leak detection is a great way to save money and head off potential damage to your home.

·         Check your toilets. A leaky flapper valve, worn water fill valve or bad tank gasket can waste a lot of water.

·         Check all faucets for drips. Replace worn and leaking washers, gaskets, pipes or defective fixtures.

·         Check for leaks on outside hose bibs and make sure the valves close properly.

·         Check your whole-home humidifier for possible water leaks.


Sometimes it’s best to call in an expert. If you do suspect a leak, but don’t know where it’s coming from, Roto-Rooter can help. We have specialized water leak detection equipment that allows our service technicians to pinpoint the exact location of the leak. Our equipment is sensitive and accurate, and allows our team to then make the repair as quickly and efficiently as possible. A pipe locator allows us to check for the location of the water line. Modern leak detection equipment such as electronic amplification equipment and electromagnetic pipeline locators help us find leaks with minimal disruption to your property. Some leaks, like a dripping faucet, usually don’t require immediate service, but water pouring into your basement from a broken water line or cracked water heater is an emergency. Roto-Rooter offers immediate service for just those types of emergencies. Our skilled experts will pinpoint and quickly repair your water leak to minimize damage and waste.

Slab Leak Repair

Any water leak in your home can become a serious plumbing issue. One potential leak that requires immediate attention is a slab leak. Roto-Rooter provides complete slab leak detection and repair services. A slab leak happens when the water supply pipes or drainpipes that run through the concrete slab beneath your home break, crack or burst. The leak is not actually in the slab itself, but rather in the pipes encased in or underneath the concrete slab of your home. Slab leak detection requires a plumbing expert and a careful, thorough detection process. With proper equipment and modern tools, Roto-Rooter can find and repair slab leaks with minimal destruction to your property.

How to detect slab leaks

Your plumbing could develop a leak under a slab for several reasons. Some of the most common causes are:

        ·         Wear and tear on pipes due to friction from other nearby pipes, concrete, gravel, etc.

        ·         Pipe corrosion

        ·         Improperly installed or poor quality pipes, often due to poor construction

        ·         High water pressure

        ·         Shifting or settling slab causes a pipe to break



How do you know if you have a slab leak? There are a number of common signs to look for, which include:


        ·         The sound of running water when all water is turned off

        ·         A spinning water meter, even though no water is running inside or outside your home

        ·         Cracks in your walls or flooring

        ·         Mildew or noticeable moisture under carpets or flooring

        ·         The smell of sewage could indicate a break in the sewer or a drain line

        ·         A recent bug problem due to added ground moisture

        ·         Higher-than-average water bills



Once the leak has been detected under the slab, you may have a few repair options. These include:


·        Re-piping - This solution is often used if there are multiple leaks, and is best for putting a permanent stop to those leaks. This option may require some invasive cutting into your floors and concrete slab in  order to access the pipe leak and install brand new piping.

·        Pipe re-routing - With this repair, new pipe is run above ground. This option is ideal if only short length of pipe needs to be replaced.

·     Pipe Relining - Depending on the size of the leak, a new liner can be pushed through a broken sewer pipe to cover breaks and seal all leaks. This is trenchless pipe repair technology and only requires access holes on either end of the pipe, as opposed to digging a trench to uncover the entire length of buried pipe. An epoxy infused flexible sleeve is pulled through the old pipe but it cures in place to become strong, rigid pipe as smooth as new PVC pipe.


Slab leak detection and repair requires expert advice. It is best to work with a trusted, licensed professional because the best course of action may not always be the least expensive.