What is a Slab Leak?

Beneath the concrete slab foundation of your home is a system of plumbing pipes, when these pipes begin to leak water you have a slab leak. Slab leaks generally come in two forms, sewer leaks and water line leaks.

leak detectionWater line leaks typically make themselves known pretty quickly as your water bill will probably be much higher than normal. The reason for this is that even a small pin-hole or crack in the water line can leak out over 10,000 gallons of water in just one month.

Sewer line leaks can be present for years before being discovered. Unless the sewer lines are in widespread soils and the leak is seeping enough water to swell the ground cover, there may be no signs of a leak.

Over time, pipes eventually begin show their age and leaks can and will occur. If your home or business is ten years or older, it’s a good idea to take preventative measures and begin a regular maintenance schedule of having your plumbing checked out by a professional for potential leaks in your plumbing lines.

Stay alert for the following signs of a slab leak:

  • The sound of running water, even when all water is turned off

  • A spike in your water bill

  • Hot water supply that runs out quickly

  • Hot spots in the floor

  • Crack in walls or floors that could indicate leak damage

  • Hot water is readily available at faucet where you typically have to wait for it to get hot

  • Mildew or excessive moisture under carpet

If any of the conditions above are present, it’s time to call a professional plumber as they have the tools required to properly detect the location and severity of a slab leak and determine the appropriate course of action. Contacting a qualified professional can save you time, money, and help to avoid unnecessary property damage.

How are Slab Leaks Detected?
Sewer leaks are located with small cameras that are pushed down sewer lines, or by isolating and flooding individual sections of pipe.  Water line leaks are often detected with a type of high-tech listening device.

How are Leaks Repaired?
In some instances the slab leak can be minimally repaired by rerouting the leaking pipe. However, since it’s hard to know what damage the leaking pipe has already caused, it’s always good to prepare yourself for a more substantial repair. A reputable and qualified plumbing professional has your best interest in mind, and should be able to present you with the best solutions to fix the problem.

North County Plumbing has been in the service business since 1970 providing quality plumbing services including leak detection and drain service in northern San Diego County. Our qualified technicians are available 24 hours a day to help with emergency plumbing repair services… with no overtime charges! If you found this blog helpful, you may want to check out our post on Home Plumbing Preventative Maintenance

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