9 Ways to Identify a Slab Leak in Your Home

A slab leak can be disastrous for most properties. Depending on the specific type of slab leak, it can cause a great deal of problems for home owners. In many cases, the leak can actually go undiagnosed for a great deal of time. While it may be necessary to use a concrete drill to get to the leak, you can actually identify whether you have a slab leak in your home.

1. Sound of Running Water:

This is one of the most noticeable ways to identify a slab leak in your home. If you can hear running water when there are no faucets turned on, it is a good indicator of a leak. Slab leaks generally make splashing or hissing sounds, which can be heard when the home is quiet.

2. Warm Patches on the Floor:

If you begin to notice warm spots or patches on your floor, it can be an indication of a leak in your hot water line under the slab. This type of leak is usually easier to discover, since the heat can be detected while you are walking through your home.

3. Moisture and Mildew:

If you can see signs of mildew or moisture, especially under your carpeting, it could indicate a slab leak. Water can collect under the slab and the moisture has nowhere to travel apart from upwards.

4. Cracks:

If you see signs of cracks on the tiling of your floors, walls or baseboards, it could indicate a potential slab leak. The slab is a concrete and steel single piece of material. If a leak begins under the slab, it can allow the slab to shift or move. This can cause damage throughout your home even in areas which are not anywhere near the original leak. This can involve cracks in walls or even bubbling in your linoleum.

5. Dropping Pool Levels:

If you have a pool on your property, a dropping level of water can indicate a slab leak. If you suspect a leak, you may be able to monitor the level of water in your pool. If the pool is consistently losing water, you should have further checks performed.

6. Low Water Pressure:

You may have noticed the water pressure in your shower or faucets has suddenly become lower. It is quite common for slab leaks to develop in your main water line. This is where the water enters your home from the main supply. Even a small leak within this water line can cause a significant drop in your water pressure.

7. Increased Water Bills:

While most home owners are aware of rising utility costs, if your water bill has suddenly jumped up in price with no obvious cause, it is probable that you have some form of leak. Even small leaks in the slab can dramatically increase your water consumption. A hole in the size of a pinhead in a pipe can actually cause loss of over 10,000 gallons of water in only a month.

8. Check Your Water Meter:

Most people give their water meter very little consideration. Ensure that all your appliances are off, faucets are turned off and the toilet is not running, and then check your water meter. If your home is not using water yet the water meter dial is moving, then you have a leak occurring in your home.

9. Leak Detection:

Some models of water meter actually have in built leak detectors. This is usually a small wheel or triangle. If this is moving or spinning, it indicates detection of a leak.

If you are concerned about a slab leak in your home, contact Scott English Plumbing. We have experienced technicians specializing in leak detection and would be delighted to address any of your concerns.