If you own a home with a slab foundation, slab leaks can pose significant problems to its structural integrity. Discover where the water goes when you have a slab leak and signs that this may be a problem you’re facing.
Eroding the Ground Around Your Foundation
Slap leaks occur when the pipes that run under your slab foundation start leaking. There are only two places water has to go, into the ground or into the slab. Water always follows the path of least resistance, so it’s most likely to flow into the ground, softening it and allowing it to erode.
As this happens, the ground no longer supports the slab properly, resulting in an unusual strain that allows it to move. This results in cracks in your foundation and shifts in your home, such as floors that are no longer flat and cracks in your walls.
Signs You Have a Slab Leak
Unfortunately, most slab leaks go undetected for quite some time before there’s a significant enough problem to draw the attention of homeowners. The best way to catch it early is to watch your water bill for signs of unexplained consumption increases. However, small leaks may not cause a significant enough increase to raise flags. Other signs that you’re dealing with a slab leak include:
- Warm spots on the slab floor
- Heaving in the foundation
- Warping in your floor
- Standing water around your house
- Low water pressure
- Unexplained sound of running water
If you believe that you have a slab leak, do not attempt to fix it yourself. Repairing these leaks properly starts with identifying which part of the pipe is leaking, exposing and replacing the damaged pipe, and repairing the foundation. There’s a lot that can go wrong that most people aren’t equipped to handle.
People around Hauppauge have trusted Fix-A-Leak Plumbing and Heating to keep their plumbing flowing properly for over 20 years. Our expert plumbers provide slab leak detection and repair along with drain cleaning, repiping, pipe leak repair, toiler repair and replacement, and a host of other plumbing services. Call to schedule your slab leak detection appointment with one of our trusted plumbers today.