What Are Slab Leaks and How Can Homeowners Detect Them?
Slab leaks are one of the most potentially damaging plumbing issues that can happen. This is because, in a lot of cases, they can leak for a significant amount of time before they are noticeable. Homeowners should know the signs of a slab leak so that they can contact a plumber right away to minimize damage to the home.
A slab leak is essentially a leak that occurs beneath the foundations of your home. In this article, experts will cover the common causes of these leaks and what you can do to repair/ detect them.
Why Do Slab Leaks Happen?
Usually, the reason as to why slab leaks happen is because the pipes in the home’s foundation have pin-point sized leaks. Over time, these small leaks lead to corrosion in the pipes.
As the water is allowed to leak even faster into the foundation, shifting and settling happens throughout the home. When shifting happens, it forces already weak pipes to move around.
In a lot of cases, the pipes can’t handle moving even a small amount and will rupture, spilling water into the concrete slabs under the house. This can go from a small issue to completely devastating in just a short amount of time. While slab leaks are more likely to occur in homes with older pipes, they can happen in any home at any time.
What Are the Signs of Slab Leaks?
Now that homeowners know why slab leaks happen, it is important to learn the indications.
- Standing Water on the Floor: This is perhaps the most common sign of a slab leak. Over time, these puddles will continue to grow in size. What makes puddles created by a slab leak different is that they actually come from under the floor, and are usually in areas where pipes are most prevalent like the laundry room, kitchen, and bathrooms.
- Lower Water Pressure: While this can happen as a result of a variety of plumbing issues, slab leaks can also cause this to happen.
- Strange Noises: This is actually one of the most accurate ways to recognize a slab leak. These types of leaks cause the sound of rushing water under the floor.
- Warm Floors: If the floors at home seem warmer than normal, it may be due to a slab leak. As the water from the slab leaks flows into the foundation, it heats up the concrete which then heats up the floors.
- Cracks in the Foundation: Often, this is where the water comes up from when it is found pooling in the basement.
How Do Plumbers Detect Slab Leaks?
Slab leaks can be detected by plumbers with a variety of leak detection tools and techniques. Some plumbers use microphones (either acoustic disc or ground) to be able the sounds that are happening under the house.
With these tools, plumbers can find exactly where the slab leak is located so that it can be quickly fixed. However, the best detection technique is the use of video cameras. With these plumbing video cameras, plumbers can physically look at the inside in the pipes and help locate the problem (with the help of other tools as well).
When these techniques are utilized by a trained professional, the location of the slab leak can be not only detected but also assessed prior to any repairs being performed. Knowing the size and type of leak ahead of the repair is a massive time and money saver.
About Jim Wagner Plumbing, Inc.
Jim Wagner Plumbing, Inc. is located in Illinois. This third-generation business offers a range of plumbing services in Lombard to help customers protect their homes and family. They use flat-rate pricing and their service is top-rated ensuring a stress-free experience.