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Jul 05 2019

The Dangers of Slab Leaks and How It Affects Your Plumbing

Did you know if you have a slab leak, you may have already felt the financial impact of increased water or electric bills before you even knew there was a problem with the plumbing? What is a Slab Leak? A slab leak is a leak that occurs underneath your home’s foundation and can cause severe water damage to your property. The damages caused by slab leaks are hazardous and should not be ignored.

Causes for Slab Leaks

  • Thermal expansion is one of the major causes of leaks in the copper pipe under the slab and is prevalent in every home with plumbing. When the water is heated and cooled continuously, it causes the copper piping to rub against the concrete slab and can be the source of a pinhole leak in the pipe.
  • Water pressure can also cause slab leaks and other leaking fixtures in the home. By using a pressure regulator, you can control water pressure coming into your home.

Problems Caused by Slab Leaks Here is a whittled list of problems caused by slab leaks in both the inside and outside of your property. Cracked Tiles and Water-logged Carpets When there is a slab leak, water seeps into the structure of your house from below and results in ruined floors, cracked tiles, and water-logged carpets. Bad Odors If the slab leak in the sewer line, it can cause must odor more like raw sewage. Mold Growth The water seeped up into your house from below is quickly absorbed by the wood and dry walls. This moisture triggers the growth of mold inside your walls and causes potential health hazard to you and your family. Foundation Damage Excess moisture caused by the slab leaks affects the structure of the concrete and steel that supports your foundation. The increased water pressure and leakage can cause your foundation to shift and move, and even crack or collapse.  Yard Damages If the leak is from the pipes that under your yard, it can cause ruin your landscaping and grass. Other landscape elements that are damaged by slab leak are,

  • Pools
  • Brick
  • Concrete walkways and more.

Slab leaks are costly, but they can be easily detected and repaired with the right knowledge and equipment. Call us now to talk to our professional plumbers with specialization in slab leak detection and repairs.

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