If you own a home built on a concrete slab foundation rather than a basement, you should know what a slab leak is and how to recognize the warning signs to avoid a very costly issue. And you should know the name and number of a reliable plumber in your area. Fortunately, we are about to provide you with everything you need to know about slab leaks and the best plumbing company in town.
What Is A Slab Leak?
When your home is built on a concrete slab foundation, the water lines are installed before the concrete is poured. So the pipes run up through the concrete at various locations around your house. But the majority of the piping is under that big piece of concrete. So if for any reason, those water lines get damaged and begin to leak, you have a slab leak.
The reason that a slab leak can be so diabolical is that the water is under the concrete, so you might not notice the leak for a long time. Sadly, many slab leaks wash away soil and undermine the concrete foundation before anyone is the wiser about the leak. And once the supporting ground is gone, the result is often damage to your foundation and the structural integrity of your home.
The Four Warning Signs To Recognize
So now that you know what a slab leak is and the unheard-of amount of damage it could create, you are sure to commit these signs of a slab leak to memory.
YOUR FLOOR IS WARM
You might not have been thinking about all the hot water lines that are running under the slab foundation of your home. But if one breaks and you begin to notice warm spots on your floor, you are sure to figure out that the issue is a broken or leaking hot water line. Typically, you can feel it with your hand or when walking around with bare feet. If you are wearing socks, the giveaway could be the mushy wet sock more than the warm mushy wet sock.
HIGHER WATER BILLS
Most homeowners have a good grasp of their average water bill amount. So if that number begins to increase steadily, you should start to explore the option of a leak under your home. And if the amount of the bill skyrockets, you should be calling for emergency leak detection because you have a significant leak washing away the soil supporting your home.
LOWER WATER PRESSURE
Water pressure that decreases slightly over time is typically nothing more than calcification in water lines or fixtures. But if you notice a drastic and sudden drop in pressure at a single fixture or throughout your slab home, be on the lookout for other signs of a slab leak. If you cannot explain the sudden loss in water pressure, a call to your licensed plumber is a wise investment.
WET CARPET OR FLOORING
If you cannot explain the puddle on the floor, then assume it is coming up through the floor. This is a classic sign of a slab leak oozing up through the concrete slab of your house and flooring. It could also apply to water that is puddling just outside your house or on a sidewalk. Explore other reasons for the water. But don’t wait too long to call the Drain Surgeon experts at (706) 303-0987. Our leak detection experts will arrive quickly to locate any leak hidden under the foundation of your home. And we will provide you with a price quote to repair the leak and prevent further damage to your foundation and home.