When we say dangerous, we don’t mean that this leak we’re about to discuss is harmful to your health, but rather harmful to the health of your property (and on that note, the water damage it can inflict could actually lead to mold and mildew growth that can affect your health, too).
We’re talking about slab leaks.
Why exactly are these leaks so formidable? After all, a leak is a leak, right? Well, we’ll be exploring that below, as well as some tips on how to spot the signs that you have a slab leak, so you can take immediate action if and when you encounter one. Never hesitate to contact us for professional plumbing in Littleton, CO, even if you just need an inspection to rule out a leak.
A Slab Leak and Its Location
So yes, any time you have a leak is going to be a problem that you’ll want resolved ASAP. But there are certainly some leaks that are more of a problem than others. A slab leak is one of them, but why?
Because of its location! A slab leak is defined by a leak in a water line buried under the concrete slab—foundation—upon where your home is constructed. This leads to a few different problems when a leak occurs. First off, it can be hard to recognize that there is a problem to begin with. We’ve got a few tips to help you do so, however.
First, keep an eye on your water bill each month! If you aren’t using any more water than is typical in your home, but notice your water costs creeping up, then it could very well be due to a hidden leak in your home. Also, take note of the sound of running water when there’s none in use.
Lastly, don’t ignore hot spots beneath your feet—the hot water line is the one most likely to experience a slab leak—or any warping of your floorboards or tiles. It may be easy to brush off mildly warped flooring as a spill in the past that impacted your floorboards—but if this is accompanied with the other signs we mentioned above, it warrants a call to our professionals.
Hire a Pro ASAP
The first challenge with a slab leak is recognizing that you have one. However, this is certainly not the only challenge. As you can probably guess, slab leaks are tough to pinpoint, and even tougher to access. You don’t want to be tearing up your flooring and concrete slab any more than necessary, so the last thing you want is to go into the job blind.
By hiring a trained professional with the right tools and experience, you can expect that slab leak to be accurately pinpointed and thus minimize disruption to your property. Your professional plumber will be able to expose the damaged piece of pipe and have it repaired in a much quicker fashion than would be otherwise possible with guesswork.