A common plumbing problem is a slab leak. What are slab leaks and why are they a problem? You hear the term thrown around here and there, but you never really paid it any mind, until boom! You are in the middle of a slab leak. A slab leak is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Its a leak in either a sewer line or water line underneath the foundation of a house. Here’s why slab leaks are a problem. A wet floor is one of the first indicators of a slab leak.
In modern-day construction, most dwellings, commercial and residential are built on a concrete slab. There are a series of plumbing pipes laid below the concrete slab; sewer lines, clean water lines, etc..When one of these plumbing pipes ruptures you have what is referred to as a slab leak, the excess water is forced up through the concrete slab where you will definitely take notice.
The tricky part about a slab leak is not the repair of the leak itself, but more so the location of the leak. With plumbing pipes tucked away deep under the foundation this can be a bit of a challenge. It's important to make sure a well-qualified plumber is on the job, as leak detection requires expertise and sophisticated tools like electronic amplification equipment and electromagnetic pipeline locators. Do not let someone dig through your foundation to find a leak. This unguided approach will cost you more money in repairs not to mention more stress and more mess as educated guesses lead to the destruction of your floors and a delayed solution to your slab leak. Get it fixed right the first time!
Symptoms of a Slab Leak
- Damp spots on the floor
- Warm spots on the floor
- The sound of rushing water when no water is running
- A higher water bill
- Visible damage to the foundation
- A raised spot in the floor
If you suspect a slab leak, please please please contact a professional plumber right away! A slab leak is not a job for DIY or a fly by night plumber looking to make a quick buck! Make sure your plumber has experience in slab leaks and uses the right tools and equipment for the job!