What Are Slab Leaks and How Can I Detect Them?
No plumbing system is perfect.
Even though everything seems to be working just fine at the moment, you can’t really know if potential leaks are going to develop. You can’t really ignore this and pretend that nothing can ever happen, but you can organize regular check-ups with a professional company just to make sure everything is in order.
There are many types of plumbing leaks, but one of the more sneaky ones that can cause a lot of trouble is a slab leak. What is a slab leak you wonder?
A slab leak is, of course, a leak in your water line located underneath the concrete slab on which your home was built. The problem is that it can be really hard to detect, but it can cause a lot of trouble further on, from damage to the foundation to a more significant effect on your floors, carpets, furniture, etc.
Fortunately, there are symptoms you can rely on to detect a leak early on to prevent any further damage to your property.
HOW TO RECOGNIZE A SLAB LEAK?
If all water sources are turned off, but you can still hear the sound of running water beneath, then this might be a sign that you are dealing with a slab leak and it’s time to contact a professional to help you locate the correct spot where the leak had occurred.
Maybe everything looks alright, but somehow your monthly bill keeps getting higher and higher, while you didn’t notice any increased use of water previously. This tells you that you probably have a leak in your home, and if everything looks fine inside then one final thing you need to check from your list is a slab leak.
Maybe a strange warm spot appeared on your floor, or even small puddles of water. You might also find some inexplicably wet parts of your floor which make no sense. Safest guess is that you are probably dealing with a slab leak.
Mold and Mildew are likely to grow in wet areas. You can clean it up, but if it keeps recurring, and you can’t find the source inside your home then it might be caused by a slab leak from down below.
HOW TO REPAIR A SLAB LEAK?
Confirming that you have this type of leak is just half of the job, and it should definitely not be ignored by any means. Getting this fixed is not an easy task and it is not recommended doing it yourself, because without proper equipment you wouldn’t be able to identify the source of the leak without damaging your property, or even further damaging the pipeline.
To avoid all this mess you need to contact a professional slab leak repair company who has the proper equipment to solve this problem with minimal to no damage to your home. You should not waste time if you find any of the aforementioned symptoms in your home then get someone to come over immediately.
If there are no symptoms but you still have some suspicions it is always better to play it safe and get in touch with a professional plumber to either confirm or deny them.