Over time, pipes fall victim to rust, corrosion, age and weather. The most commonly used pipes are copper. Corrosion occurs when acids found in water produce pits in the pipes, which eventually turn into pinhole size leaks.
Unfortunately corrosion and pinhole leaks can go unnoticed and cause significant damage. Slow dripping water between walls can make the perfect environment for bacteria, mildew and mold to grow. Eventually, it can even lead to discolored water, low water pressure and even loss of insurance.
If these leaks occur in pipes under the ground or in a concrete slab, not only do they waste water, one of our most precious resources, they can be devastating to your home or business. Causing damage to the structure, floors, yard, landscaping to health issues such as allergies, respiratory even headaches.
If you suspect a slab leak under your home or business, look for the warning signs:
Warm areas on the floor. If you notice a warm spot on the flooring it may be coming from a leak in the hot water line. If you have linoleum or carpet this may be easy to detect. Tile floors are not as easy, they are not usually noticed until the water flows between the adhesive and the tiles.
Raised flooring. If the water leak has gone on for a long time and is severe you may detect warping or a raised 'dome' in the flooring.
Foundation lifting. If a leak has continued for a significant time under your home's foundation it can swell and even lift the building, this is called heaving. The damage can manifest as cracks in the slab as well as in the exterior and interior walls. The damage can sometimes be irreparable and needs the attention of a professional who knows what to look for.
A sudden increase in the water bill. If you notice a spike in your utility bill without and extra water use, usually an indication of a water leak. If you're not able to locate the source, is in your best interest to invest in a professional leak detection service.
If you suspect a water intrusion in your home, contact the Leak Doctor. We use special sound equipment to locate a water leak without disrupting or damaging your home.