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What Causes Slab Leaks?

When a slab leak strikes, it strikes hard, potentially causing water damage and major repair costs. In addition, most homes in the Texas hill country have slab foundations, making the problem more common in the area. Let’s break down what causes slab leaks and how to spot them.

What Causes Slab Leaks?

Slab leaks can be caused by several different things, including high water pressure. Excessive or rapidly fluctuating water pressure can wear pipes and cause them to rupture. Foundation shifting can put outside pressure on pipes, causing small leaks, and can also rub pipes against building materials and other pipes, similarly wearing them. 

Water that is overly acidic or alkaline (hard and soft water, respectively) can corrode pipes from the inside, causing leaks over time. Additionally, thermal expansion as a result of constantly heated and cooled water is a major cause of slab leaks with copper pipes. If the plumbing in a home is old, age and normal wear and tear might also be a cause of leaks.

Signs of a Slab Leak

Slab leak detection can be incredibly difficult, especially if it begins as a pinhole leak. However, homeowners should learn to spot the following signs of a slab leak so that they are prepared in the event of an easily detectable leak.

  • Abnormally high water bills
  • Cracking foundation along the walls or floors
  • The sound of running water when no water is being used
  • Wet spots in carpet
  • Warm spots or warping on hard floors
  • Mildew and mold smell

Slab Leak Detection

If you notice any of these signs or suspect a slab leak, call a professional for leak detection services. The technician will pinpoint the leak’s location, making the repair process more efficient and less invasive. By knowing the exact location of the leak, plumbing technicians can also estimate the amount of damage and the price and extent of the repairs.

If you suspect a slab leak, don’t wait for it to wreak havoc on your foundation — contact the slab leak repair and detection team at Parker & Sons Plumbing. When it comes to hill country leak detection, our team is experienced from years of serving the San Antonio area. Contact us today for more information or to schedule service.

Why Choose Us?

Find out what makes Parker & Sons stand out.

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Professional Services You Can Count On
For professional, local plumbers serving the greater San Antonio area, you can rely on Parker & Sons to provide expert service for any plumbing job.
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We'll Be There On-Time, Every Time
With Parker & Sons, you don't have to waste time waiting on irresponsible plumbers to show up. We value your time, so we make sure to arrive when you expect us to.
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When you schedule a plumbing job with us, you will get to enjoy our red carpet level of service. We're so confident you'll be satisfied with our service, we put a guarantee on it.
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Fast and Reliable Plumbing Services
We know that time is of the essence with any plumbing job, so we make sure to provide efficient and reliable service.
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We value your safety and peace-of-mind. That's why we are fully licensed and insured so you know that you are protected for every plumbing job.
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Honest and Affordable Pricing
We offer up-front pricing so you are never blindsided by unexpected fees and costs. We make sure all of our pricing is fair and affordable.

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