One of the most disconcerting things about a slab leak is the fact that when one occurs, the average homeowner usually doesn’t realize it until the worst of the damage is done. This does not have to be the case, however.
While there isn’t a lot you can do to prevent a slab leak—aside from having your pipes inspected or rerouting pipes behind your walls instead of under your floor—there are signs you can watch out for that one has occurred.
Warm or Wet Spots
Have you ever walked through your kitchen or garage to discover a warm spot on the floor? You may be tempted to dismiss it as somewhere your pet was lying or you had something sitting, but this could be a detrimental mistake. This is actually very likely a sign that a slab leak has occurred in a hot water pipe.
These leaks can happen in cold water pipes as well, although cool spots are usually harder to detect. Depending on how advanced the slab leak is or if you already had cracks in the flooring, you may also notice wet spots developing.
Sound of Running Water When No Water is On
This is another common sign of a slab leak—you hear the sound of running or dripping water, despite none of your taps being on or leaking. These can be tough to hear when hidden under the slab of your foundation, but don’t ignore it if you think you do hear it.
Increased Water Bills
If you notice a sudden spike in your water bills despite no increased use, this is very likely the sign of a leak. The best thing to do in this case is to call one of our professional plumbers to inspect and find the source of the leak. No matter where it is located, you’ll want prompt service—but this is especially pertinent if it’s a slab leak.
For same-day slab leak services in Aurora, CO or the surrounding areas, simply contact APC Plumbing & Heating.