How to tell if There is a Slab Leak in the House
Many homeowners experience slab leaks from time to time. Although slab leaks occur from time to time, it may not be easy for a homeowner to tell if there is a slab leak in the house. It occurs after the pipes used gradually weakens with time or the pipes bursts. When a slab leak occurs, look for a repipe specialist, who specializes in slab leaks and not general plumbing.
There are several ways to know if you are having a slab leak, as outlined below. The water bill has suddenly shot high despite having no additional water uses. Sudden high bills is a sign of a slab leakage. Another warning is the increase of heating bills in the house. Once you notice the bills have gone up, look for a repipe specialist to check if there is a slab leakage.
To detect a slab leak, listen carefully to the sounds around the house, especially at night when it is quiet. Be keen and pay attention to the sound of running water in the foundation or floor. Ensure the taps and all plumbing appliances are turned off so that you can detect the sound of running water beneath the concrete. You will know of a slab leakage if the sounds are positive.
When there is a slab leak, you will notice small or large ponds of water on the floor. With time, the ponds become more substantial as more leakage happens. The puddles start pilling in areas where the plumbing was done, or on water line areas.
If you detect places on the floor that are warmer than the rest, that is also a sign of slab leak. This is as a result of hot water leaking from the hot water lines, making the floor surface warmer than the rest of the spots. The hot water from the hot water lines will warm up the concrete which will in turn heat the floor.
Reduction of water pressure in the taps is also another sign that there is a slab leak. If the water line has a leakage, there will be reduced water running through the lines, thus reduced pressure. Look for a repipe technician to identify the cause of pressure reduction.
Cracks on the floor is also another sign of slab leakage as a result of prolonged water retention on one spot. A crack on the floor resulting from slab leak is not easy to tell or differentiate from other cracks resulting from other factors that cause cracks. To detect a crack caused by slab leakage, check if it is near water outlets spots such as kitchen, laundry areas, washroom, and bathroom, etc.