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How to tell if There is a Slab Leak in the House
Slab leak is a common problem to many homeowners. The leaks might take time for the homeowner to realize. It occurs after the pipes used gradually weakens with time or the pipes bursts. When you notice a slab leak, you will need to look for a repipe specialist to fix the leaks.
There are several ways to know if you are having a slab leak, as outlined below. If You notice your water bill for the past month has gone up and you have not increased your water usage in the house. Sudden high bills is a sign of a slab leakage. The heating bills will also shoot up as a result of a slab leak. Contact a repipe technician if notice a sudden increase in your water bills.
To detect a slab leak, listen carefully to the sounds around the house, especially at night when it is quiet. When the water is dripping from the foundation, it will make a sound like running water that will alert a keen homeowner. Keep the faucets and all plumbing appliances off to be able to observe whether you will hear the sound of running water. The water will still be running even when the devices and taps are turned off.
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 also start from plumbing areas such as kitchen, washroom and bathroom, and the laundry areas.
Another way to know there is a slab leak is check hot spots on the floor. 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 floor becomes warm as a result of concrete been heated up by the hot water that is coming out of the the water lines.
Another most common sign of slab leak is decreased water pressure. If the water line has a leakage, there will be reduced water running through the lines, thus reduced pressure. Contact a plumber or repipe technician to check the cause of the decrease in water pressure.
Cracks on the floor is also another sign of slab leakage as a result of prolonged water retention on one spot. It is however not easy to differentiate a crack resulting from a slab leakage and a crack causes by other factors. To tell a crack resulting from slab leak, check the cracks near the water puddles or plumbing spots in the foundation.