When a pipe under a concrete foundation stats to leak, it is considered a slab leak. While they typically happen in older homes, we have found even new construction is susceptible to slab leaks.
Water leaks under a slab foundation are not always obvious, look for these signs:
A decrease in water pressure
The pressure in the plumbing decreases if there is a water leak. Since you can’t see the leak, you will need special equipment to locate the source. Guessing and digging can end up making a mess and costly repairs.
Increase in water usage
Whether you’ve noticed a sudden spike or gradual increase in your water bill, it can indicate a water leak.
The sound of water running
You may have become accustomed to the sounds in your home makes, but be mindful of any dripping sounds, the faint hum of running water when all water using appliance are turned off, hissing or rattling of pipes. These sounds may be more evident when the appliance, toilet, shower, or bathtub, are being used or shortly after.
Check for hot spots on the floor
When the hot water line has sprung a leak under the floor, water accumulates. The heat transfer creates warm areas on the floor.
Take a good look around the outside of your building
Slab leaks tend to build up moisture that ends up outside your home. Look for mud, standing water, moss or an area that is greener than others.
Look inside the build for cracks in the ceiling or walls
Hairline cracks can happen over time as the building settles, new or sudden cracks may indicate a slab leak.
Locating a Slab Leak
You can attempt to look for them yourself by poking random holes in the walls, tearing up floor boards and digging around the yard. Or, you can call a professional leak detection company who will have the right equipment to find the smallest of leaks, repair the leak and restore your home as good as new, saving you money, time and frustration.
Save in the Long Run
Simple leaks can quickly turn into costly problems, often times we don't notice the problem until it's too late. It's important to stay up to date and vigilant with your homes or business maintenance.
Don't wait for the leak to get worse, contact the professionals at Leak Doctor today. We put our customers first and provide emergency services.