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.