There are many hidden issues that can pop up when owning a home, and unfortunately, some of the most dangerous go overlooked. Slab leaks are a good example.
If you’re a first-time homeowner, chances are you’ve never heard about a slab leak. But even longtime homeowners can take years to notice this issue.
At Clean Flo Sewer and Drain, we understand that if left untreated, slab leaks can be one of the most serious and expensive plumbing issues a homeowner could face. Keep reading to learn more about slab leaks, along with their signs and dangers!
What Are Slab Leaks?
Beneath most modern homes is a foundation made of concrete slabs. These slabs are used to prevent pressure from shifting and expanding soil, which can cause foundational damage. Beneath these concrete slabs, however, is a network of plumbing pipes. If one of them cracks or bursts over time, then you’re dealing with a slab leak.
Unfortunately, most of the time, slab leaks are unavoidable. They can be caused by earthquakes, chemical reactions between the soil and metal in the pipes, or even faulty installation. These issues are beyond your control, so the best thing you can do as a homeowner (or even a future homeowner) is to be aware of the most common signs.
Signs of Slab Leaks
For the average person, slab leaks can be hard to detect. Before you decided to call in a specialist, though, here are a few signs to look out for:
- A steady increase in water bills
- Warm spots on the floor
- Moldy carpet
- Cracks on walls or ceilings
- Sound of constant running water
- Sudden pest infestation
The fact of the matter is that slab leaks will cause damage to your home. The dangers usually develop over time, but they are still a risk to you and your family.
When water is trapped beneath your foundation, it can become a breeding ground for mold. If you’ve noticed musty smells, waterlogged floors, or moist drywall in your home, it should be addressed immediately. In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) linked indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms such as cough and wheeze in otherwise healthy people. Mold is also known to worsen asthma symptoms in asthma sufferers.
The foundation of your home is what gives it its structure. Water leaks can cause your foundation to weaken, and after enough time, it can shift, crack or even collapse. Not only does this damage the structure of your home, but it can also lower the value of your home overall.
If you suspect you have a slab leak and wait too long, then repairs can easily cost you thousands of dollars. Your homeowners insurance may be able to cover some of it, but it often does not cover general wear and tear. If a slab leak is caused by old plumbing lines, for example, homeowners insurance will typically not cover this.
Not only is there a chance your policy may not cover much, but there’s also a high chance it won’t cover any damaged furniture, which is another added cost.
Contact Your Local Slab Leak Professionals
For the average person, slab leaks can be hard to detect. If you suspect you have a slab leak in your home, try not to take it lightly! Our experts at Clean Flo Sewer and Drain will help you determine the exact location of a leak or even a potential leak. Contact us today if you think you may have a slab leak and need the professionals!