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How to Detect a Slab Leak

Posted on February 15th, 2017

What are Slab Leaks?

Slab leaks are very common in the Phoenix Valley. Slab leaks are very problematic because many homeowners do not even realize that they have one. These types of leaks occur when water pipes begin to leak in or under the foundation and concrete slab of your home. By the time it is noticed, the slab leak may have caused severe mold growth or problematic foundation issues to your home. Use these signs to detect a slab leak in your home.

How to Detect a Slab Leak:

1. Check for hot spots on the floor

Hot areas on your floor could indicate that you have a slab leak. That’s because if a hot water line is leaking, the water will pool up beneath your home’s foundation. The result is a hot spot where the water is collecting.

2. Look at your water bill

Check your water bill to see if your costs have suddenly spiked without explanation. It can also be a warning sign of slab leaks if you cannot lower your water bill even after cutting back on water usage. If your water bill reflects an increase in water usage, but you haven’t been running the tap more than usual, you should call a professional. The experts of Plumbing Medic will see if we can locate a leak, and we promise fast repairs!

3. Inspect the floor under your carpets and in the basement

Often times with slab leaks, excess moisture builds up underneath carpeting. Check beneath your home’s carpets for dampness and a mildewy smell. Even if you do not notice a leak, the increase in dampness may cause mold to grow. If you keep having mold problems at your home, especially in the basement, you may need a professional to check for slab leaks.

4. Listen for strange noises

Sounds of running water can signify a slab leak if you cannot find their source. Even if the leak is too small to be heard, it can cause unseen damage that makes your flooring creak.

5. Check your water pressure

The constant water flow associated with a slab leak can cause the water pressure in your home to drop. If your water pressure is normally fine, you may need to check for a leak after you notice that your pressure is suddenly slow.

6. Be mindful of your home’s foundation

If the leak is bad enough, you may experience a shift foundation or a cracked floors. This is a definite sign of a slab leak, and it requires immediate attention.

A slab leak can cause a lot of damage, so you need to act quickly. If you have noticed any of these signs occurring on your property, contact us immediately. Our experienced professionals are available at any time of day, and the Plumbing & A/C Medic staff has a lot of practice dealing with slab leaks. We know how to effectively manage plumbing emergencies and get your slab leak fixed as soon as possible.