Slab Leak Detection and Repair
When a house is built on top of a concrete slab, it is referred to as a “slab house.” Since the slab literally provides the foundation for your home, anything that goes wrong with it can adversely affect your property. Professional repair is necessary once a slab leak has been detected and confirmed. But, as a homeowner, you would be wise to keep your eyes open for signs that a leak may threaten your home.
Causes of Slab Leaks:
- Soil around your home contains organic and in-organic chemicals, both of which could corrode the water pipes that feed into the slab. This is especially true of the pipes that carry hot water. If the ground around your home shifts, the associated movement can lead to cracks or other significant damage.
- Your slab was improperly built. If your builder failed to account for the grade of your lot, or somehow missed signs that a shift could occur, you may not become aware of the issue until something starts to leak. While it is impractical to scurry under your slab to visually monitor your pipes for signs of problems, you should keep an eye out for signs that a leak could be occurring underground:
- The sound of running water. Listen closely as you walk through our home. Does water move even when every faucet is turned off? If so, water is likely moving to a breached area of the pipe and then draining out.
- Cracks. If the soil around the slab absorbs the liquid and shifts from its original position, cracks in the floor or your walls may start to appear.
- High Water Bills or Low Water Pressure. No evidence of leaks under the slab but a water bill that is consistently high, signals a possible slab leak. Exponential water bill increases often equal pipe problems under the slab. Also, your water heater might not be to blame if hot water is in short supply. An active leak under the home’s foundation could be pulling water away from the main system.
- Hot Spots & Stains. Walk around the inside of your house while barefoot. If you feel warm areas on the floor, a broken hot water pipe could be responsible. Also, look for water stains on the floor and walls, which could also signal a slab leak.
- Mold & Mildew Odors. Do you detect a mildew or musty scent in the air? You could be dealing with a serious slab leak issue. The reason for this is because leaks increase the level of moisture in the air. As humidity climbs, mold starts growing in the damp spots.
What to Do if You Have a Slab Leak
If you suspect that water is slowly leaking or pouring out in and around your slab, hire an experienced plumber. Since slab leaks worsen over time, left untreated, the issue will worsen, resulting in major property damage.
- Schedule an appointment with a leak detection specialist such as JB Plumbing, which services San Gabriel and Inland Empire cities.
- Set up a dehumidifier to remove moisture from affected areas.
- Use an antibacterial spray to keep mold at bay.
Suspect you may have a slab leak? Call the plumbing and drain repair professionals at JB Plumbing. With us, you can expect upfront pricing; fast, free estimates; licensed, bonded and insured plumbers who are neat, polite, and well trained. We use state-of-the-art tools and equipment and are proud of the fact our services are free from hidden costs like travel charges. If you call JB Plumbing today, 24/7, you will speak directly to a plumber instead of a telephone answering service. At JB Plumbing, we are experts in residential and commercial plumbing as well as construction. Call today to schedule an appointment. (909) 593-2194.