Slab leaks are one of those sneaky plumbing problems that no one tells you about till you’re sitting with a major leak or a burst pipe, your flooring’s damaged, and you’re racking up thousands in contractor bills.
It’s a quiet but deadly problem that can damage your home’s foundation, interiors, appliances, and much more, especially if not handled correctly. Typically, a leak is discovered when things have gotten out of hand, but you can preempt it by looking out for the following signs:
1. Surging water bills
Has your water consumption and use remained largely the same, but bills keep shooting up? This means the water has to be going somewhere, right? A leak in your system indicates wasted water and, thus, a higher bill.
2. Lower water pressure
If you’re already experiencing the above problem while also noticing that the water pressure is lower than before, you may be dealing with a slab leak.
Such damage often results in less water being directed toward taps, showerheads, and other areas of the home that need it. If you feel a consistent drop in pressure, you can almost be certain that there’s a plumbing issue. If it isn’t a leak, it may be a clog—either way, it might be worth consulting an expert.
3. Hot, humid spots on the floor
Since slab leaks are very common in hot water pipes, which are more prone to expansion and, thus, abrasion and wear and tear, it’s likely that your floor will end up with warm or hot spots from where the leak has occurred. If a particular room or place in your house feels hot and the air is exceptionally humid, pay close attention.
4. Flooring that’s warped or wet
In addition to hot spots, you’re also likely to see more warped and wet flooring and pools of water forming around the exteriors and interiors of your home. If you catch yourself seeing puddles and pools, as well as wet spots, you need to get in touch with us immediately because the leak has probably been ongoing for a while.
If you’ve been noticing the signs above, in addition to odors, mold, mildew, and other issues, your home most likely has a slab leak. Undetected and unaddressed, a slab leak can damage not only the foundation of your home but also cost you extensively in repairs.