Slab Leak Repair
Slab leaks can strike on hot or cold water lines and can appear on any water supply line from any home or business plumbing fixture that uses water. It is important for homeowners to know both what causes slab leaks and how to identify one.
What is a Slab Leak?
A slab leak is a leak that has developed in the water lines running below the concrete foundation of your home. When these leaks are above ground, in your home’s wall or ceiling, they are known as pinhole leaks. These water leaks are often a result of long-term corrosion to pipes.
Slab leaks can be found on the water supply system- sewer removal system of your plumbing system. The most common slab leaks appear on the water supply system; they usually surface quickly. Slab leaks can cause significant damage to your home’s foundation, floors, and walls. Leaving a potential slab leak unattended can lead to much larger problems, such as mold damage and termite infestation. Signs that may indicate you have a slab leak listed below
Signs You Have a Slab Leak
- Sudden spikes in your water bill
- The sound of running water when pipes aren’t in use
- Moisture or mildew under carpeting
- Loose floor tiles
- A moving water meter dial when pipes aren’t in use
- Standing water around the perimeter of your home
- Low water pressure
- Cracks in your baseboard or walls
- Damp or warm floors
- Moldy smell – Mildew on baseboards
What is a Slab Leak?
A slab leak is a leak that has developed in the copper-galvanized water lines running below the concrete foundation of your home. When these leaks are above ground, in the wall or ceiling, they are known as pinhole leaks. Such leaks are often a result of long-term corrosion to copper-galvanized underground water pipes.
Slab leaks can be found either on the water supply side or the drainage side of your plumbing system located under your home’s foundation. High Speed Plumbing’s highly skilled plumbers locate and repair these leaks efficiently. These leaks can cause significant damage if left unrepaired. Slab leaks can make your foundation collapse; to stop this from happening, your plumbing system should be inspected annually. Call High Speed Plumbing Today @ 888-958-1394
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Since slab leaks are not clearly visible to a homeowner, they can often go undetected for long periods of time. Leaving a potential slab leak unattended can lead to much larger problems, such as mold damage and termite infestation. With that said, you can look out for more subtle signs that may indicate you have a slab leak.v
What Causes a Slab Leak?
Pre-Damage and Poor Installation
It’s not unusual for some materials to get a little banged up when building a home, but if it’s the pipes that experience any damage, it could cause problems in the long run. Furthermore, if the pipes are installed incorrectly from the start, there’s a good chance that they won’t be able to function properly once they have an entire house sitting on top of them.
Sometimes, slab leaks occur as the result of your house shifting on its foundation. When the ground of your home starts to shift, your pipes are bound to experience a little pressure. However, while pipes are strong and can withstand a lot of things, too much pressure can really take a toll and cause them to leak.
Pipes naturally expand and contract as water flows throughout them, but doing so can cause trouble depending on how your home was built. If the pipes are in a place where they are exposed to concrete, gravel, even other pipes, they could start to rub against them (until they eventually wear down) if they don’t have enough room to expand.
Since these pipes are located underground, it’s only natural for them to come into contact with soil. However, the addition of soil can cause the pipes to corrode over time. This is very common in home plumbing systems with copper pipes.