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How to Spot a Slab Leak

water-leakingNormally, when you experience a leak, you’re not looking at a catastrophe. If you call a plumber in time, the most you’ll have to deal with is an annoying “drip drop” and a little bit of clean up.

However, a leak underneath the foundation of your home is called a slab leak, and it won’t clean up as easily as a normal leak. Slab leaks are serious problems that need the immediate attention of a professional plumber.

Below are just a few signs that you’ve got a slab leak problem.

Sudden Increases in Your Water Bill

As the name suggests, a slab leak is just another kind of leak. Also like a normal leak, a slab leak gone unnoticed will drive up the cost of your monthly water bill.

To minimize the most of any long-term costs, act sooner instead of later to end any leaks. Even if you’re not 100% certain you do have a leak, you’re still better off calling a plumber in Richardson, TX for a professional opinion.

Water Pooling in and Around the Home

As a slab leak gets worse, it will start to affect the surface above it. It will eventually force itself through the spaces between the slabs of your foundation—hence the name “slab leak.” There are a few places you’ll want to check:

  • Hard flooring: Puddles will be most apparent in rooms with concrete, tile, and wood flooring. Examples include your kitchens, bathroom, garages, and more.
  • Carpeting: It’s not as likely that you’ll see actual puddles forming over carpeting. Instead, the water will soak in, leaving the carpet damp or moldy.
  • Your yard: You can also find evidence of slab leaks outside the home. Check areas of the lawn closest to the exterior of your home for areas soaked with water.

Low Water Pressure

If you turn on your shower or kitchen faucet only to find that the water comes out at a frustratingly low pressure, you could have a slab leak. Slab leaks typically hit the main water line. Any leaks in the main water line will directly affect the water pressure.

Cracks and Warps in Walls and Flooring

As water leaks into the soil below, the clay within the soil will start to expand. This will push the concrete slabs up, which can leave some unsightly marks through your home:

  • Warping in hardwood floors.
  • Cracks in the wall, just above the baseboards.
  • Cracks in tile flooring.

Warm Areas on the Floor

If a slab leak releases hot water under your home, you might be able to feel it right beneath your feet. As hot water continues to release, it will heat the concrete above, eventually heating the flooring itself. If the floor is carpet, you most likely won’t feel anything. Check for warmth on floors made of tile, hardwood, or linoleum.

Musty Odor

The smell of mold or mildew will most likely mean exactly that. Excessive moisture from a slab leak can lead to the growth of bacteria, giving off an unpleasant odor. If the mold gets into your carpet, you might need to replace it, only adding more unnecessary costs.

Contact Earthwise Home Services today for help with slab leaks. We guarantee comfortable living.

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