If your home is built on a slab or concrete foundation, they are vulnerable to leaking water damage. The problem is that many homeowners don’t know they have a slab leak until significant damage has been done. If you suspect you have a water leak around your foundation, call the experts at Apex Plumbing, Heating, and Air Pros for precise slab leak detection and repair.
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What Is a Slab Leak?
Homes with a concrete foundation typically have plumbing running underneath, and when those pipes start to leak, it’s referred to as a slab leak. Because these pipes run under the foundation, many homeowners don’t realize they have a problem until significant damage is done.
However, although a slab leak typically happens out of sight, you still shouldn’t ignore moisture problems in and around the home because doing so can result in a compromised foundation.
Common Causes of Slab Leaks
Slab leaks typically occur in areas that have unstable soil. When soil shifts, sometimes it causes plumbing joints to weaken, which leads to leaks. As the water runs underneath the house, it further disrupts the soil making the problem worse. As the soil gets weaker, it loses support for the foundation, which leads to cracks.
Another common cause of slab leaks is faulty installation of the foundation or the plumbing. The major problem is that since this plumbing is out of sight, you have no idea whether the installation was done professionally, and if high grade materials were used.
In older home, contractors used cast iron plumbing, which if unprotected, can be corroded by minerals in the soil. If you have a home built before the 1960s, there’s a good chance you have unprotected cast iron plumbing underneath the foundation.
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How to Detect Slab Leaks
As mentioned above, slab leak detection can be tricky because the plumbing is hidden underneath the foundation. However, there are signs to watch for that signal there may be a problem. Be on the lookout for:
- The water meter is running when no water is being used in the house.
- A sudden rise in your water bill.
- The sound of running water when the water is shut off.
- Cracks in the walls or ceilings.
- Increased insect or rodent activity because of excess moisture.
- The odor of raw sewage in and out of the house.
If you notice any of these telltale signs of a slab leak, don’t delay, because the damage will only get worse over time. Call the experts at Apex Plumbing, Heating, and Air Pros and ask about our foundation leak detection service.