Slab leaks happen when a building's plumbing starts to leak in the foundation or under it. These types of leaks can occur in any home. It is important to be mindful of the signs if you have one because leaving them untreated can cause detrimental damage.
If you've been experiencing high water bills, hearing noises, or have seen wet spots in your yard, you may have a slab leak. If you suspect a slab leak, call Nixco Plumbing Inc. today and we can diagnose and treat your leakage issue. Trust us to become your reliable Mason plumber for your slab leak services.
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What Causes Slab Leaks?
Slab leaks typically result from one of four things:
- Corrosion: Electric currents in the slab can cause electrolysis, which may result in the pipes accumulating corrosive deposits. Electrolysis commonly occurs if a copper pipe is near steel reinforcement rods in the concrete. If the water in the pipe has an overly high or low pH, this could also cause the pipe to corrode; this type of corrosion is often most evident at bends and joints. Both hot and cold water pipes are susceptible to corrosion.
- High water pressure: Underground pipes are susceptible to crushing or creasing due to earthquakes. Pressure damage may also occur because the pipe was installed poorly. A pipe that is embedded in the concrete foundation and that was dented before being installed can wear down due to the pressure of the water on the dents and can result in pinhole leaks over time.
- Abrasion: The constant vibration of water passing through the pipes may cause it rub against concrete, gravel, or adjacent pipes; expansion and contraction can also have this effect. The constant rubbing may cause a leak to develop over time.
- High water table: If the home is located in an area with a high water table, water may come up into the slab from the ground after heavy rains.
What Are Some Ways to Tell You Have a Slab Leak?
You will become aware of the fact that you may have a slab leak if you experience the following:
- The sound of running water: If there are no dripping faucets in your home and no other obvious reasons for the sound, then it could be a sign of a slab leak.
- Higher than normal water bills: Again, the obvious causes should be ruled out. Once you have verified that your water meter is functioning properly and that members of your household are not using more water, the possibility of a slab leak should be considered.
- Floor hotspots: Slab leaks in hot water lines can cause water to accumulate under a slab, making the floor noticeably warm. Rooms where these hotspots occur may also be excessively humid.
- Moisture and mildew: When water starts to seep from your slab, it only has one direction to go- up into your floor. Mildew under carpet, cracks in tile, or bubbles in linoleum all can be signs of a leak.
It is important to note that all of these signs can exist in your home without a slab leak being present. Make sure to have your home inspected by a professional. At Nixco Plumbing Inc., our slab leak experts have the experience and training to identify, locate, and repair slab leaks.
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Where Are Slab Leaks Often Found?
Slab leaks are often found in areas where the plumbing is under the floor and may occur because of leaks in either the incoming or the outgoing lines. The water in the incoming lines is pressurized, so it can be forced up into the home through small cracks in the slab and lead to flooding.
Leaks on the drainage side may be less easy to detect and so can continue for years, sometimes causing the foundation to buckle.
Homeowners do not have many options when it comes to preventing slab leaks; however, they do have options when it comes to detecting and repairing them. If you suspect that your home has a slab leak, you should get in touch with Nixco Plumbing Inc. immediately.