Have you ever heard your plumber talk about a slab leak before? This is an industry term, and while you may or may not have heard it before, most people do not think about the condition of their slab on a regular basis. However, being able to identify a slab leak when you see the signs so you can stop it from getting out of control is something every homeowner should be able to do. Keep reading for everything you need to know about slab leaks and how to prevent them, courtesy of our experts at All City Plumbing.
Slab Leaks 101
In the plumbing and home services industry, the concrete foundation beneath your house is known as a slab. Underneath this concrete slab is your home’s water lines. A leak can occur in these water lines because of a shift in your foundation (possibly from an earthquake or other disaster,) poor placement/installation, or general corrosion.
You may notice a slab leak on either side of your property, as they can occur in the pressure side of the drainage side of your foundation. When slab leaks occur in the pressure side, they can usually be taken care of fairly quickly, though they may still cause a lot of damage. Drainage leaks, on the other hand, are tougher to detect, but can cause a ton of destruction to your property over time, potentially even leading to the collapse of your foundation. This is why it is important to watch out for the signs of a slab leak, and call an experienced plumber ASAP if you believe you are dealing with one on your property.
Top signs of a slab leak include:
- The sound of running water coming from under your feet
- Random warm spots on your flooring
- Damp patches on your carpet
- Pooling water around your house
- Consistently poor water pressure
- Mold or mildew growth
The longer you leave a slab leak unattended, the more risks you are exposing your home to. In addition to the presence of mold, slab leaks are often linked to termite infestations. And if the water lines underneath your home have been installed incorrectly, there is a good chance you will not only have problems with your concrete slabs, but the rest of your pipes and plumbing system, too. Remember, when it comes to slab leaks, safe is always better than sorry.
Get Professional Slab Leak Repairs from All City Plumbing
At All City Plumbing, our experienced plumbers are proud to be able to offer slab leak repairs designed to detect any problems with your concrete slab and take care of them right away. After documenting all potential signs of a slab leak, we will monitor the pH level of your water and check how high the acidity is. Normally, your water should have a pH level in the range of 6.5 – 8.5, so if it exceeds this measurement, there is a good chance you are dealing with a slab leak. We will also evaluate all your plumbing fixtures, including tubs, sinks, showers, and more for blue and greenish stains and the smell of chlorine. These are signs of hard water, which may indicate that sediment has gotten into your underground water lines, causing them to corrode and leak.
Bottom line, no matter what condition your concrete slab is in, you can trust us to provide slab leak detection and repair fit for the finest properties—with prices fit for everybody! Contact us now for available coupons and financing options, and let All City Plumbing take a “slab” of trouble off your plate.