What causes slab leaks?
Because slab leaks are hidden from view it’s important to be aware of the problem signs.
Slab leaks are caused by many of the same factors that create leaks in other pipes around your property.
- Freezing: While your outdoor pipes may be well-insulated from freezing temperatures, extreme conditions can still cause the water in your slab foundation’s pipes to freeze and lead the pipes to rupture.
- Shifting ground: When the ground beneath your home settles, the foundation itself may shift. This slight movement may be enough to damage the pipes and create a leak.
- Wear and tear: Normal wear and tear or deterioration related to age may also cause damage to pipes in your slab.
What are signs you have a leak?
How can you tell if your home is suffering from a slab leak? Look out for these signs that indicate a potential leak:
- Wet spots: If the leak is located near the top of the foundation, you may notice wet spots on your floor.
- Drop in water pressure: Significant leaking can lead to a decrease in water pressure.
- Higher water bill: Whether the leak is minor or significant, your water bill will increase.
- Warm spots: If a hot water line is leaking, you may notice that your floor feels warmer in one area compared to other areas of your home.
Slab leaks are often found on the lower level of your home, such as the garage. The leaks may be difficult to detect, and you will need to be aware of the signs to make sure the problem is solved in time.
When you notice any signs of a potential leak, contact our plumbing team for an inspection and the most cost-effective method of repair. We will pinpoint the precise location of the leak so that proper repair work can begin.