How to Detect and Prevent Dangerous Slab Leaks

There are a few things most homeowners may not realize. For one, their plumbing system runs all throughout the house, including the yard and underground. Another thing to consider is those same plumbing lines can leak, in areas that are not easy to see or notice. When that happens, what you’re left with is a slab leak.

These leaks run beneath the foundation of the house and when unnoticed, can cause problems like mold growth, termite infestation, and might even cause your home to sag and collapse! This article will cover some of the important reasons for slab leaks and what you can do to protect your home.

Why Do Slab Leaks Happen?

It seems like nothing in a homeowner’s world is cut and dry. And this is true for slab leaks too. Like every other plumbing problem or house problem in general, there are several things that can be a slab leak indication. One of the biggest causes of slab leaks is corrosion. Things break down and corrode over time. It’s just a fact of life for the majority of plumbing materials, and it’s true for the life of the pipes under the house.

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Another common cause of slab leaks is poor installation. Construction workers are only human, and if the pipes are installed incorrectly or get damaged in the building process, they are prone to cracking and leaking. Finally, if the ground or foundation shifts, pressure is added to the pipes, which can also cause them to crack and leak.

Slab Leak Signs to Know

slab signsThough a slab leak is incredibly dangerous, because it puts the foundation of the house at risk, it is essentially just like any other leaking pipe. So the signs of a slab leak are very similar to those signs, including the following:
  1. Sudden spikes in the monthly water bill.
  2. Damp carpets and flooring or water around the perimeter of the house.
  3. Cracks in the baseboards and walls of the house.
  4. Moldy or musty smells from excess water.

Effective Slab Leak Detection

The technology that professional plumbers use is pretty incredible. They have gadgets for everything! Because slab leaks are dangerous, it’s best to hire a professional for the detection and repair services you need. They’ll come with the tools and experience needed to fix the slab leak quickly and safely.

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First, they connect their technology to the home’s plumbing system to see the path of the piping underground. Then they listen to the volume and frequencies of the water leak, which helps them pinpoint the exact location of the leak and just remove the piece of damaged piping that needs to be replaced.

Ultimately, this type of precise repair process used by professional plumbers helps to minimize the damage to the home while being a safe and effective repair method.

About Oliver’s Plumbing

Oliver’s Plumbing is a full-service plumbing company based in Sun Prairie, WI. Since opening their doors in 2004, they have been committed to meeting the unique plumbing needs of all their neighbors. Customers count on their expert team to keep loved ones comfortable and out of harm’s way.