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What Is a Slab Leak?

Monday, June 11th, 2018 at 11:00 am

pretty home interiorAs the saying goes, we all need a solid foundation for our lives. In the case of your home, that metaphor becomes reality as you want its foundation to last for the lifetime of your house. One potentially serious issue is a plumbing leak under your home’s slab.

These leaks can be difficult to detect and be present for an extended period before you realize there is a problem. The damage caused, though, can be significant. We’ve detailed below the signs of a leak you should always be on the lookout for.    

Signs You Have a Slab Leak

When a new home is built, piping is placed on and under the ground, a thick sheet of plastic will be overlaid, and concrete is then poured on top. Despite the advantages of this construction method – it’s fast, easy, and inexpensive to use – leak detection and repair is problematic.

If you have any of the signs below of a slab leak, you need to immediately contact your local plumbing experts so they can assess the situation and determine the best course of action.

1. Increased Water Bills

A slab leak can be present for a long time before you see the physical signs of it. Given that, the first indicator will likely be an unexplained increase in your water bills. Look at your month-over-month consumption, and if usage factors stay the same but your bill is going up, you likely have a leak.

2. Lower Water Pressure

At the same time your water bills are going up, ongoing leaks will cause your water pressure to go down. In addition, if the leak is in a hot water line, you’ll discover you don’t have nearly as much hot water as in the past.

3. Warm Spots on the Floor

Another sign of a leak in the hot water line will be warm areas on the floor. Keep an eye out for pets who suddenly gravitate to a new place to sleep during winter months as they’ll take advantage of these hot spots.

4. Cracks in Floors & Walls

As damage to your slab becomes more pronounced, you’ll begin to see the effects due to cracks appearing in tiled floors as well as walls. Doors may also not close correctly as the slab shifts.

5. Standing Water

In the worst-case scenario, standing water may appear in and around your home. This can include water bubbling up under laminate flooring or through cracks in tile. Or, you may see water pooling outside in your yard next to an exterior wall. This is a sign of serious water damage as your slab’s integrity is now compromised.

Repairing Slab Leaks

In the past, repairing a slab leak meant removing significant amounts of concrete to expose pipe until a leak’s source was identified. Today, using modern technology and tools, we closely examine your piping to find the exact points of pressure loss. Then, we dig up only the affected area to fix the leak.

Remember: You can trust our trained plumbing technicians to do the job right the first time.

Contact Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating for plumbing services in Avondale, AZ, today!  

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