Slab leaks have become a big issue in Central Florida. Many home and business owners are experiencing either a higher than normal water bill, warm or damp areas on the floor, unexplained mold or mildew, pooling water where it shouldn’t, low water pressure, or a musty odor.
A slab leak can create significant damage and be a costly if left unresolved.
Slab leaks often occur when water lines beneath the concrete slab where your home stands– begins to leak. It is important to know the primary causes of slab leaks so you can spot one before it becomes a bigger issue.
Use of poor quality pipes or pipes that are improperly installed is the leading cause of slab leaks. If the pipes were bent or dented when they were installed, these areas could start corroding causing the pipes to leak and even burst in some cases. Copper pipes are more likely to suffer from corrosion since they are softer and more vulnerable to the elements.
Excessively High Water Pressure
High water pressure, whether caused by poor construction or natural disasters such as an earthquake can degrade the pipes where there is a curve or at the joints. This can, in turn, cause massive leaks that can compromise the foundation of your home.
As years go by, the weight of your house starts to take a toll on the concrete slab and the earth on which your home is built. This will eventually lead to the ground shifting and settling. If the shift is significant, it will put pressure on the water lines causing them to crack and start leaking. Ground shifting can also be caused by natural disaster such as an earthquake.
Corrosion or Poor Water Quality
The quality of your water plays a big role. Chemicals in the water can cause pitting and corrosion that lead to pinhole leaks in the pipes. It is important that you keep an eye on the pH of the water. If the water is excessively acidic or alkaline it can corrode the pipes which could lead to irreversible damage.
It is important that you look out for signs of a slab leak and have it fixed before it becomes a bigger problem. If you need slab leak detection, contact the leak detection company Leak Doctor today.