Top 8 Signs That You Have A Slab Leak
A slab leak can be a catastrophe when it occurs in your home. The biggest problem is that unless you notice some of the signs, you might not even know that you have one! The first step is seeing some of the signs and understanding what they mean in regards to a leak in the slab.
Once you determine that you have a slab leak, you will need to locate the leak and decide how you will deal with it. A professional plumber or leak detection expert will be able to locate the leak, evaluate the situation and give you options on the best plan of action.
Identify the Type of Leak – Slab leak or Underground Water Leak
The challenge for most homeowners is to be able to identify when they have a leak under the concrete slab in their home.
Below you will find 8 tips on how to know if you have a slab leak.
1. Sound of Running Water – The sound of running water when no fixtures or water is being used. If you are hearing a constant sound in the background during your day, this may be a sign of an inside the wall pipe leak or under ground slab leak.
2. Warm Floors – If you start to observe that one particular location of your floor feels warmer than the rest, it could be an indication that a hot water pipe is leaking below the slab. The majority of under concrete leaks occur on the hot water line.
3. Mildew and Moisture – Another indicator is finding evidence of mildew and/or moisture in concealed areas or under carpeting.
4. Bubbles or Cracks in Floors – Finding cracks or bubbles in your tile or linoleum flooring is another indicator.
5. Increased Water Bills – A sharp increase in your water bill may be an indication of a water leak.
6. Loss of Water Pressure – Since your water lines are under pressure, any leak, small or large, can affect the water pressure causing it to drop.
7. Physical Evidence – If you notice water beginning to show up on the floor, next to cabinets or walls, this is a definitely an indicator. Especially if the water is warm.
8. Check Your Water Meter – A simple check for a leak is to make sure that no water is running or is in use inside the home, then go out to the water meter to see if the dial is moving. An easy way to verify this is to write down the number on the meter dial. Make sure that no one is using any water inside the home for about an hour and then go back and check the number on the meter. If the number has increased, this indicates that there may be a water leak.
Look for the Signs
Simply being aware of the signs of a slab leak can help you to limit the cost and damage associated with this type of a plumbing issue. If you suspect that a you have any of these signs of a water leak, please call a professional plumber.