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Here’s How to Spot a Slab Leak

Monday, May 27th, 2019 at 11:00 am

You have your regular leaks, like those under the sink or behind the wall. They’re annoying, and they can cause some damage, but it’ll be OK if everything is taken care of in time.

On the other hand, you have slab leaks. These leaks can be sneaky and devastating. That’s why it’s important to know the signs of one so that you can call in for repairs as soon as possible. Down below, we’ll go over some of the signs of a slab leak.

A Sudden Spike In Your Water Bill

Any leak—including a slab leak—is one that will cost you more money the longer it goes on without being stopped. To minimize these costs, you need to act sooner than later. Even if you’re not 100% certain you do have a leak, you’re still better off calling for plumbing repairs in Glendale, AZ—even if it’s just for an opinion.

Hot Spots on the Floor

If a slab leak releases hot water under your home, you might be able to feel it right beneath your feet. As hot water continues to release, it will heat the concrete above, eventually heating the flooring itself. Check for warmth on floors made of tile, hardwood, or linoleum.

Musty, Moldy Smells

The smell of mold or mildew will most likely mean exactly that. Excessive moisture from a slab leak can lead to the growth of bacteria, giving off an unpleasant odor. If the mold gets into your carpet, you might need to replace it, only adding more unnecessary costs.

Low Water Pressure

If you turn on your shower or kitchen faucet only to find that the water comes out at a frustratingly low pressure, you likely have a leak. Combined with any of the above symptoms, that leak could very well be a slab leak.

Pooling Water

Sometimes, a slab leak can rise up and force itself through the spaces between the slabs of your foundation—hence the name “slab leak.” This can result in water pooling up in spots like:

  • Hard flooring: Puddles will be most apparent in rooms with concrete, tile, and wood flooring. Examples include your kitchens, bathroom, garages, and more.
  • Carpeting: It’s not as likely that you’ll see actual puddles forming over carpeting. Instead, the water will soak in, leaving the carpet damp or moldy.
  • Your yard: You can also find evidence of slab leaks outside the home. Check areas of the lawn closest to the exterior of your home for areas soaked with water.

Cracks and Warps in Walls and Flooring

As water leaks into the soil below, the clay within the soil will start to expand. This will push the concrete slabs up, which can leave some unsightly marks through your home:

  • Warping in hardwood floors.
  • Cracks in the wall, just above the baseboards.
  • Cracks in tile flooring.

It’s essential to have a slab leak repaired before it has a chance to cause any damage to your home!

Contact Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating today if you suspect you have a slab leak.

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