Slab leaks are to home ownership as cancer is to a body; its presence can go unnoticed for long periods of time while causing sometimes irreparable damage. An undetected slab leak under the foundation of your home can actually affect the entire structure of your home, much like a cancer. There are few plumbing problems that are as difficult to assess and as potentially damaging as a slab leak. Even the smallest of leaks can add up to more than 10,000 gallons of water in a single month. Thankfully, just like cancer, there are signs of slab leaks and various ways to detect them. Here are a few ways that slab leaks let you know of their existence:
- Moisture and mildew under your carpet, cracks in your floor tiles and bubbles in your linoleum can all be indications of an existing slab leak. Generally, if you have a pipe that is leaking under your slab, it will bubble upwards causing damage to your home’s flooring.
- Hot water leaks can be felt beneath your feet. When hot water is released from pipes you’ll know by the warm spots in your floor. If you have a random warm spot that is not caused by an adjacent heating vent, you may want to look for other indications of its possible cause.
- Unexplained water noises. When all is quiet and you continue to hear the sound of hissing or running water, you may have a slab leak.
- Cracks in your baseboards and walls can also be pointing at an undiscovered slab leak. As your foundation shifts due to the displacement of soil, the walls and floors of your home will start to show the damage that your foundation is causing.
- If you have a pool and its constantly losing water, call a plumber that is qualified in slab leak detection.
- The sudden drop in water pressure is an indication that something may wrong with your main water line. Even the slightest leak can cause issues within that line.
- Out of the ordinary water bills. If you’ve seen your water bill increase without explanation, get your Long Island Plumber to check for slab leaks right away before it costs you more.