Slab leaks will lead to thousands of dollars in damage, in both plumbing and home repair costs. You should be aware of the signs of a slab leak and how a quick detection can save your property from further damage.
Slab Leak Causes
Slab leaks are usually the result of one or more of these problems:
- Slab movement
- Breaks within a pipe or pipes
- Leaky drain lines
Now that you are aware of some of the causes, let's explore some of the most common warning signs to look out for when attempting to detect a slab leak in your foundation.
Foundation Movement or Cracking
Have you noticed new cracks in your floors or walls? These are caused by foundation movement and cracking. When water seeps into the foundation, the strength of the slab is compromised. Noticeable cracks in the walls or floors of your home or business are major red flags of a slab leak.
Hot spots are areas on your flooring that are unusually warm to the touch. When you detect a hot spot on your flooring, chances are a hot water line has busted beneath the slab. This red flag should be addressed immediately to avoid major water protrusion or leaks in your home.
Mold and mildew are signs that water damage is occurring in your home or business. When wood remains damp, it can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew growth. Most homeowners will detect the offensive and musty odors before ever seeing the mold. Find the source of your odor to narrow down the problem area where there is a possible slab leak.
How to Address Your Slab Leak
Actually, one subtle thing that homeowners and business owners should also be aware of is unusually high water bills. This minor red flag could be the start of a major plumbing problem that could either indicate a slab leak already present, or that is developing.
Foundation repair and restoration can cost thousands of dollars! The average cost of leak detection is between $150-$400, with demolition and pipe repair typically costing more than $2,000. Any damage done to the home or business, outside of the plumbing issue, are additional expenses that can quickly add up.
Be proactive in detecting plumbing problems! Slab leaks and water damage should not be ignored. Save yourself time and money by contacting a professional plumber, such as a team member of True Plumbers & AC to address your problems immediately.
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