Of course, any issue with your plumbing system can seem like a pretty big deal. However, not many are quite as problematic as a slab leak. You see, these leaks can go months and months before they’re detected, and once they are, they have usually caused a significant amount of damage!
Fortunately, there are a number of signs that suggest you’ve got a slab leak in your home, and below, have listed some of them for you. All you’ve got to do is keep reading to find out more (and of course, remember to call our team when you need an Apopka plumber!)
What is a Slab Leak?
A slab leak is a leak in the pipes running through the concrete foundation of a house. Older homes are more likely to encounter these types of leaks because the foundation has had longer to settle and put pressure on the pipes. Plus, older homes have older pipes, which are more prone to corrosion.
What are the Signs?
There are a number of signs to be on the lookout for:
- Hot floors: If your home does not have a basement, you might be able to notice temperature changes in the floor when you have a slab leak. The majority of slab leaks, about 80% of them, occur in hot water lines, so if you notice that your floors are warmer than usual, it could be that you’re dealing with a slab leak.
- Cracks in the foundation: Because slab leaks occur under the foundation of your home, you might notice that there are cracks forming in the foundation itself, as water will cause the building materials of your home to weaken. If you notice cracks in your foundation, it is important to contact a professional plumber right away.
- The sound of running water: If you hear the sound of running water when none of the taps in your home are turned on, then it is likely that you’ve got a leak somewhere in the system. Listen especially close the floor, as slab leaks occur underneath it.
- Puddles: Any leak will lead to the accumulation of water. If you notice that there are puddles forming in any of the spaces in your home, especially the basement or in your yard, it is likely that the cause is a slab leak.
- Higher water bills: Any leak will lead to a rise in water costs, so it is important to pay close attention to your water bill. If you notice that you are paying more and more, it’s time to contact your local plumber!
Call in a Professional
Remember, only a professional plumber has the tools, knowledge, and experience to properly handle a slab leak, the first time around. Trust us, you wouldn’t want to hire just any handyman for the job. When it comes to your plumbing system, you definitely don’t want to take any risks!
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