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Are You Dealing with a Slab Leak at Home?: 8 Telltale Signs
You may not know what a slab leak is now, but you should learn.
Detecting a slab leak isn’t always easy, but noticing one of these things early is going to save you a lot of money and personal distress.
Slab leaks happen when the pipes beneath the foundation of your house begin to leak. Often, they start small and go unnoticed, but at the first sign of one, you should get it taken care of.
When a slab leak goes untreated for too long, it can cause large scale damage to your home. As the pipe continues to leak, it moistens the ground underneath your home, which can destabilize it. This destabilization can lead to uneven floors as your house slides into the wet ground.
In this post, we’re going to tell you some of the telltale signs that you’ve got a slab leak. The faster you notice the leak and get it dealt with, the more damage you’ll prevent. Let’s not waste any more time.
How Slab Leaks Occur
Why does this happen?
It could be for a litany of reasons. We’ve seen slab leaks as a result of poor construction, pressure on the pipes from soil shifting underneath the home, poor water quality hastening the corrosion process, and pipes rubbing against concrete or even other pipes.
Slab leaks tend to occur more frequently in older homes. A lot of older homes are built using galvanized or copper pipes, which are more susceptible to corrosion, especially over a long period of time.
8 Signs That You’ve Got a Slab Leak
As the corrosion gets worse and the leaks get larger, you’ll be more at risk of it affecting your home. You’ll know when you’ve got one, as slab leaks make themselves seen, heard, and felt in more ways than one.
1. Water Pooling
One of the common signs of a slab leak is water pooling up where it doesn’t belong. If it’s a slab leak, the water will be coming out of the floor. You’ll notice it near areas where your plumbing is for sure, but also in your carpets and hardwood flooring.
You might notice a damp spot on a carpet or some warping with the hardwood. As the water accumulates from the leak, sometimes it just has to go up. Before you panic, have a look around and make sure that the damage is not coming from another source.
2. High Water Bill
Because your water is literally escaping from your pipes, a common tell for a slab leak is an unexplained spike in your water bill. It happens because the water is running all day and all night instead of when you turn it on.
It’ll an obvious increase in your bill and one that can’t be explained by gardening in the summer or having guests over.
3. Your Floors Are Hot
If you’ve got a hot water leak, your water heater will have to work constantly to keep it up, which you may notice first. The other thing you might notice is excessively hot floors.
The ongoing hot water leak will slowly heat up the concrete underneath your house, which will then transfer that heat up to your flooring. This is especially detectable when you’ve got tile or hardwood floors, but not so much on carpet. If you suspect that there might be a leak, walk around and see if there are any hot spots.
4. Puddles Outdoors
As with the interior of your home, a slab leak will force the water upwards and you’ll see it outside your home as well. If you notice water leaking outside from the foundation of your home where there isn’t a hose, that’s a likely sign of a slab leak.
Mold occurs in wet environments, so if you notice any mold on your carpet or hardwood, you might have a slab leak. Sometimes the moisture can spread up to your walls, so if you notice that, it’s still worth looking into to prevent any damage.
Not being able to see the mold doesn’t mean it’s not there. If you notice a musky smell and you don’t see anything, the mold could be underneath your carpet.
6. Weak Water Pressure
If there’s a sudden but elongated decrease in your water pressure, it could be the result of a slab leak. The explanation for this is simple.
With a leak of this nature, less water is able to travel to your taps and faucets because it’s leaking into the ground. If the water pressure dips for an unexplained reason and stays that way, call a plumber.
7. Strange Noises
One of the harder to notice, but more obvious symptoms of a slab leak is the sound of water running underneath your house. This may not be how you first notice a slab leak, but it’s a good method for confirming one.
When you suspect that you do have a slab leak, turn off all of your plumbing and listen carefully. If you’ve got a slab leak, you’ll still hear water running.
8. Cracking In Floors
The most serious symptom of a slab leak is cracked flooring. If you weren’t able to detect any of the previous symptoms, then the leak may have snuck up on you. They don’t always make themselves completely obvious, but if you’re at the point where the floor is cracking and water is leaking through, it’s not good.
This is the point where you’ll need to make an emergency call to your plumber. There’s not much that you’ll be able to do on your own to mitigate the damage and it’ll need the care of a professional.
Call a Quality Plumber
In the event that you do have a slab leak, you’re going to need help taking care of it. That’s why it’s important to have a trustworthy plumber ready to handle your emergencies at any time of the day or night. Depending on the severity of the leak, you might have to be hasty in dealing with the problem.
Call us at Williams and Fogg anytime 24/7 to get help with your plumbing emergency. We can give you a fast and free quote via our website and be on our way ASAP. Don’t let your plumbing problems fester and get worse.
While you’re there, check out our blog for more helpful posts about taking care of your plumbing, heating, and electricity.
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