Signs of a Slab Leak & What to do Next

May 8, 2019 | Blog

Slab leaks are a common plumbing disaster that can leave you with thousands of dollars’ worth of water and structural damage.  These types of leaks occur in the concrete foundation found under your home.  Due to the placement, they can be difficult to detect.  However, early detection is the key to minimizing damage and preventing future issues.  To help you detect a slab leak quickly we’ve listed warning signs you can be on the lookout for.

Unexpected Spike In Your Water Bill

  • If you’re noticing that your water bill is excessively higher than past months and you haven’t increased your water usage, then a leak may be the culprit. With a leak water is running 24/7, not just when you are using it.  That will cause a spike in your water bill for the month.

Damp Carpet or Warped Flooring

  • Water accumulation under your foundation may eventually make its way up into the floors of your home. Keep an eye out for unexplained warping, damp areas, or spots that may suddenly become darker.

Pooled Spots of Water Around Perimeter

  • When water is accumulating under your foundation, it eventually may find a way out. If you notice water pooled in areas around the perimeter of your home without explanation, like a hose or sprinkler, you most likely have a slab leak.

Hot Spots & A Running Water Heater

  • Areas on your flooring that are persistently hot may be an indicator that you have a hot water line leak. Be watchful for noticeable changes, especially on cold days, where one spot may appear to be warmer than the areas around it.
  • If your water heater is suddenly working non-stop, chances are high that there may be a hot water leak. When there is a leak in the hot water plumbing system, your water heater must run 24/7 to keep up.

Mold & Mildew

  • Water damage doesn’t take long to result in mold and mildew. Saturated floors or damp walls will become a breeding ground very quickly.  If you notice a sudden foul, musty, mildew smell then start checking for other signs of a possible slab leak.

Decrease in Water Pressure

  • A water leak means less water getting to your faucets and water fixtures. If water fixtures are not being used and you notice a drop in water pressure, then you may have a leak.

Cracks in Baseboard or Walls

  • Slab leaks are directly related to your foundation and over time, it can affect the overall integrity of a structure. If you start to notice cracks in floors or walls, this could be an indicator of foundation trouble and a possible slab leak.

If you have seen some of these signs, you can do a simple water meter check to confirm there may be a leak.  If you’ve run a check and determined there is a leak, then it’s time to get in touch with a professional immediately.  A plumbing contractor will be able to do the appropriate analysis to determine the extent of the damage and what repairs may need to be made.  Remember, the longer you wait to call a professional, the more extensive and expensive the damage may be.

At Pro Response Restoration we are ready to take your call if you have water damage associated with a slab leak or any other water emergency that may arise.  We are here to help you get back to pre-damage conditions quickly and easily, with as little hassle as possible.  Call us today!

 

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Additional Resources & References:

https://georgebrazilplumbingelectrical.com/blog/7-signs-you-have-a-slab-leak

https://www.alsplumbing.com/slab-leak-slab-watering/

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