Plumbing pipes running under the concrete foundation of your home or business are susceptible to leaking due to corrosion, the soil shifting, and a host of other reasons.
A slab leak can have a domino effect. Wearing away and eroding the ground under the building, weakening the foundation. Floors are typically affected in the beginning, with slanting and bulging. Then the slab itself cracks or even breaks, causing doors not being able to close correctly, and all sorts of problems with the walls and windows.
It also leaves a high amount of moisture in your home, allowing mold and mildew to thrive. Starting between walls and invading your home. Causing health problems for those living in the home.
In addition to the signs of a water leak we listed in last week's blog, look around your home or business for these red flags:
Warm places 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.
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.
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.
Undetected water leaks can happen without the home or business owner even realizing. If you suspect a water leak, but not able to find the source. It is time to contact a professional water leak detection service, The Leak Doctor.