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How to Prevent Slab Leaks

Water leaks can cause significant damage, but slab leaks pose an even greater risk as they can destabilize the foundation of your building. Taking proactive measures to prevent slab leaks is crucial to maintain the integrity of your property. Additionally, being able to detect slab leaks early on can help minimize the potential damage. In this article brought to you by Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we discuss preventive measures and detection methods to protect your building from slab leaks.

If you would like to schedule a professional leak detection or slab leak repair, you can call Rooter Hero to hire a licensed plumber. Our friendly representatives are on standby to take your call, address any questions or concerns, and schedule a convenient appointment. We are also available to arrange an emergency water leak repair today.

Preventing Slab Leaks in the First Place

Though slab leak repair is just a call away thanks to Rooter Hero, prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. If you want to avoid a slab leak, then proper installation is fundamental. The first step is to leave pipe installations to licensed plumbers.

Next, you must ensure the safety of the properly installed pipes. You’ll have to protect pipes from internal as well as external threats.

The most common internal threats are clogs and high water pressure. Water softeners can remove sediment and minerals which may accumulate in the water line, and a pressure regular can keep the water pressure at a safe and optimal level.

As for external threats, there are tree roots and shifting soil. Plant trees a safe distance away from the water line and sewer line. You should also maintain consistent moisture levels in order to prevent shifting soil, which can put pressure on the pipes and lead to misalignments, leaks, and pipe ruptures. Install drainage systems and ensure proper grading to direct water away from the foundation of your building.

Avoid Complacency. Regularly Monitor for Signs of a Slab Leak

Taking preventative measures is not enough on its own. It’s impossible to completely prevent slab leaks. Sooner or later, pipes can corrode and rust, leading to leaks and even pipe ruptures. This is why you should remain vigilant, keeping an eye out for signs of a slab leak. Here are some things to look out for:

  • Unusual spike in water bills.
  • Damp spots, mold growth, or cracks in the walls or flooring.
  • Unexplained puddles of water near the foundation.
  • Low water pressure from multiple plumbing fixtures.

If you suspect a slab leak, you can perform a water meter test. Shut off all water fixtures in your building and read the water meter. If the meter continues to run or shows movement, there may be a leak in the plumbing system, including under the slab.

Hire a Uniformed Plumber

Slab leaks can be devastating, and they are challenging to detect. Fortunately, the plumbers at Rooter Hero have the expertise, experience, and equipment to discover and pinpoint slab leaks. Give us a call to schedule a slab leak detection or repair today.

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