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What Is a Slab Leak?

What Is a Slab Leak?

Leaks in pipes under your sinks or in those that connect to various appliances or plumbing fixtures in your home are usually easy to find. However, a slab leak can be difficult to discover, and this is problematic because such leaks can cause expensive damage to your home. Here’s what you should know about slab leaks.

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About Slab Leaks

What is a slab leak? Homes that are built on a slab foundation are at risk of developing slab leaks. When these homes were built, hot and cold-water pipes were laid below or within their concrete slabs. Any type of plumbing leak that occurs underneath the slab foundation is considered a slab leak. When this type of leak occurs, it puts your home at risk with the severe damage that it can cause. Slab leaks can cause high humidity and mold growth throughout your home that can also jeopardize the health and comfort of your family.

Causes of Slab Leaks

There are several reasons that slab leaks could occur at your home:

  • Low quality pipes under the foundation of the home may cause slab leaks
  • Pipes were damaged or improperly installed
  • Water with high acidity levels can eat away at your water pipes and cause a disastrous slab leak
  • Water pressure is too high from improper installation or shifting of the foundation, which can cause pipes to rupture and break.
  • Piping has reached is lifespan.

One of the causes of slab leaks is the friction caused by your home’s water pipes rubbing against your concrete slab or other piping below the slab. This friction can cause areas of a pipe to weaken, resulting in small or large slab leaks. If a slab leak forms in your home, immediately contact a professional to perform a water line repair or installation.

Signs of a Slab Leak

Early detection of slab leaks is important to preventing water and structural damage in your home. And it can be difficult to detect slab leaks without the use of a professional’s high-tech equipment. But there are some telltale signs to watch out for that could indicate that your home might have one or more slab leaks:

  • Water damage seeping up from the floor may indicate a slab leak
  • Cracks in your cement floor
  • Unexplained hot spots in the floors around your home
  • A sudden and unexplained rise in your water bill may be an indicator of a slab leak
  • Warped hardwood flooring or damp carpets may be caused by a slab leak
  • Your hot water heater constantly runs when you are not using hot water
  • Puddles of water around the inside of your home
  • Decreased water pressure may be due to a slab leak
  • Seeing or smelling mold or mildew

If your home has any of these signs of a slab leak, chances are some damage has already been done. Now that you are familiar with what a slab leak is, it’s important to look for common signs of damage to the foundation of your home. This will help prevent further damage and save you money. Our team offers slab leak repair and installation services in Jacksonville and other areas of Florida. Fenwick Home Services also offers other plumbing services such as gas piping repair, water heater installation, and sump pump repair. Don’t delay; contact Fenwick Home Services today to schedule an appointment to test for slab leaks in your home.