Slab Leaks

Slab Leaks: Prevention and Detection

Slab Leaks: Prevention and Detection

California’s claim to fame: an abundance of sunshine, lines of palm trees, coastal cities and of course, the natural phenomenon of earthquakes. These groundbreaking events (no pun intended) can present a wide range of severity. And often, they can cause damage that will go unnoticed upon their occurrence. Earthquakes are a significant culprit to the troublesome issue of a slab leak. So as a resident of Southern California, we advise that you take action for early detection of this issue. Though earthquakes are by no means the only way one might acquire a leak, we want to address the heightened prominence for a slab leak in this area so that you are prepared when your foundation is threatened!

What is a slab leak?

Simply put, a slab leak is a leak or burst in the copper water pipes that run beneath the foundation of your home. These are similar to what is called a “pinhole leak” that occur above ground in the walls or ceiling of a structure. They can occur from various reasons for corrosion, shifts in the ground in which they are embedded, or improper installation that resulted in bends or dents in the pipes.

How can I tell if I have a slab leak? 

Since slab leaks can cause some pretty serious damage to your home, it is best to address these with promptness and urgency. We advise that you watch out for the telltale signs and are prepared to take action. Here are some common indicators we’ve noticed:
  • A random increase in your water bill: This spike in your water expenses is due to the continuous running of water that is taking place at the sight of the leak. So, if you have an unexplained, off-the-charts bill, you should consider a leak investigation.
  • Pooling of water: Water that is accumulating beneath the foundation will eventually make its way to the outside perimeter of your home. So if you notice an unexplained collection of water at the edge of your home, you may need to take action!
  • Damp floors: Unfortunately, this pooling water can reach the inside of your home as well. Be quick to respond to this problem so to prevent damage to your floors.
  • Mold or mildew: Damp surfaces are a great breeding ground for mold. Though it may not be visible, the sudden smell of mold may signify collecting water from a leak.
  • A decrease in water pressure: It may be difficult for water to reach your faucet as it escapes through the leak. If you’ve noticed that your water pressure has taken a significant hit, you ought to consider the possibility of a slab leak.

What should I do if I suspect a leak? 

Make sure to take prompt action once you suspect a leak as it can result in extensive water and structural damage to your home. The longer you wait, the greater the damage. Give us a call at Pipe It Right to handle this problem with unmatched customer care and quality of service.
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