How to tell if There is a Slab Leak in the House
The occurrence of slab leaks is common in many homes. The leaks might take time for the homeowner to realize. It occurs after the pipes used gradually weakens with time or the pipes bursts. Contact a repipe technician when you see a slab leak in your house.
To know if there is a slab leak in the house, check the highlighted details below. The water bill has suddenly shot high despite having no additional water uses. Sudden high bills is a sign of a slab leakage. The heating bills will also shoot up as a result of a slab leak. Look for a technician who specializes in repiping once you notice an increase in your water bills.
To detect a slab leak, listen carefully to the sounds around the house, especially at night when it is quiet. Be keen and pay attention to the sound of running water in the foundation or floor. Ensure the taps and all plumbing appliances are turned off so that you can detect the sound of running water beneath the concrete. If the sounds are clear; it is a sign there is a slab leakage.
When you look at the floor and notice puddles of water that is a sign that there is a slab leak. With time, the ponds become more substantial as more leakage happens. The ponds can also start piling in areas where plumbing has been done, or in the kitchen, bathroom, toilet, laundry areas, etc. where there are water lines.
Another way to know there is a slab leak is check hot spots on the floor. If a hot water line leaks, the surrounding spots will be hot, and when walked on them, it feels like walking on hot coal. The hot water leaking from the water lines warms the concrete, and the floor automatically becomes warm.
Another most common sign of slab leak is decreased water pressure. Any leakage on the water line will mean water is getting out of the pipe, thus reducing the pressure of the water getting to the taps. Look for a repipe technician to identify the cause of pressure reduction.
The floor will start to crack after it has absorbed water coming from a slab leakage in the water lines. It is however not easy to differentiate a crack resulting from a slab leakage and a crack causes by other factors. A crack resulting from slab leakage will likely be near plumbing areas and places with water taps such as kitchen and bathroom.