One of the biggest problems a homeowner can face is a problem with their foundation. Not only are foundation problems expensive to repair, but they can also put you and your family in danger if they go unnoticed and unfixed. Slab leaks are no exception, so it’s important to know what danger an unnoticed slab leak poses.
What is a Slab Leak?
A slab leak occurs when a pipe in the slab foundation of a home leaks as a result of wear and tear. The cause is often something unpreventable, such as foundation shifting, but hard water, high water pressure and more can be the cause of the leak. Once a slab leak occurs, it will leak water into the foundation, either slowly over time or all at once.
Why Slab Leaks are Dangerous
In most situations, a water leak in concrete slabs slowly releases water over time, allowing dangerous damage to occur without detection.
While a little bit of water might sound harmless, it doesn’t take very much for mold to thrive. When mold spreads unseen in a home, the people inside breathe it in and run the risk of serious respiratory issues.
A slab leak can also affect the structural integrity of your home, slowly rotting the supporting structure. It can also cause cracking and other damage to the slab, which is already prone to shifting and buckling without leaks.
They Cause More Problems
A slab leak that’s left alone will also cause water damage to your floors, walls and the things inside your home. Damage that causes more damage will hurt both your home and your wallet.
Slab Leak Detection
Although hiring a professional is the only way to pinpoint a leak, you are the best water leak detector for your home. Be aware of your surroundings, and call a plumber immediately if you notice any of the following signs of a slab leak.
- Wet or warped flooring and carpets
- Decreased water pressure
- Higher water bills
- Mold and mildew smell
- Cracking foundation around walls and floors
A slab leak is no small thing, and it can cause more damage if left alone. Contact Parker & Sons Plumbing immediately if you think you have a slab leak, and our experts will ensure that the problem is fixed quickly and correctly.