Slab leak detection and repair is one of the most important services plumbers offer. Numerous dangers are associated with having a leak in a concrete slab, so it’s important to know the signs of that type of leak so that you can call in a professional before it is too late.
A leak forms within a concrete slab when there’s a pipe that’s leaking underneath the foundation. This is a huge problem because the moisture from the leaking pipe spreads throughout the concrete and can even get into your living area. If the leak is allowed to grow undetected for a while, then you could have a serious problem on your hand.
One of the most common signs of a leak in the slab is having one area of your home that is not only the lowest level but also damp all the time. Moisture may be coming up through the floor of the bottom level of your home, but you may not be sure why. Also if your water bill suddenly becomes much higher than it has been in the past even though you can’t find a leak, there is a good chance that it’s in the slab.
Having a leak inside the slab can damage or destroy subflooring, carpet, drywall, furnishings, or anything else that sits on the floor of your home. Also allowing moisture to exist in the area for an extended period of time can cause toxic mold to grow, which in turn causes numerous health problems like respiratory issues, asthma, or allergies. And if the moisture meets up with electricity, someone could be electrocuted, or your home could even burn down.
One of the reasons slab leaks are so dangerous is because they are extremely difficult to detect. If you suspect there may be a leak in the slab, then there are a few things you can do. For example, try looking for spots on the floor that feel significantly warmer or colder than the rest of the floor. If the hot water is leaking, then the area will be hot, but it will be cold if cold water is leaking.
You could also try to listen along the pipes to determine if there is a leak, but this is very time consuming and does not usually result in the homeowner knowing anything new. If you have any signs of a leak in your slab, it is essential that you call in a plumber who has the equipment and knowledge required for slab leak detection and repair.
Of course repairing a slab leak is quite invasive, but fixing it quickly is easier and less expensive than simply allowing the leak to go on for a long time. Professional plumbers will bring in the electronic equipment that’s necessary to locate a leak in a slab so that they can fix it without tearing out the entire floor. The faster you can get it done, the less damage you will have to deal with.
Let the experts at Scott English Plumbing help you with all of your slab leak detection and repair needs. We offer electronic leak detection and slab leak detection, as well as sewer and drain cleaning, video inspections of your drain and sewer, plumbing inspections, re-piping, and backflow testing. We offer fast, clean, and reliable plumbing services throughout the Anaheim area. We go above and beyond the standards expected in the industry and offer flat, fair, and reasonable rates. At Scott English Plumbing, we treat all of our customers with integrity, a sense of urgency, and honesty. Contact us today!