How To Detect & Fix Your Slab Leaks
Any kind of plumbing leak can wreak havoc on your home. It can spread undetected for some time, causing serious water damage and allowing mold and mildew to grow. The sooner you can find the leak and have it repaired, the better you will be able to protect your home. You’ll save yourself a lot of money and hassle.
One of the worst types of leaks is the slab leak. It can be the hardest to find, which allows it to cause a lot of damage. You will need to work closely with an Oceanside repiping plumber to discover a slab leak and to make the proper repairs as quickly as possible.
Slab leaks occur under the huge, concrete slab that provides the foundation for your home. You may have a slab that runs the course of your home, or you may have a slab under only certain portions of your home, such as the garage. Your plumbing can run through that concrete slab. If those pipes leak, it can be very difficult to see signs of water damage since the concrete encases those pipes.
In the past, if you suspected a slab leak, the repiping plumber in Oceanside would have had to cut into substantial portions of the slab to find it, causing a great deal of damage and costing a lot of money. Now, there are more precise ways to find a slab leak that can minimize the disruption and damage to your home.
Signs Of a Slab Leak
Though you may not always be able to see water damage from a slab leak, there are some signs that can alert you to a problem. Some signs that you may have a slab leak include:
- The feel of hot spots in the floor
- The sound of running water, even though no tap is turned on
- Water damage along the base of your walls
- Hot water loss that is occurring more quickly than usual
- Increasing water bills that you cannot attribute to any other cause
Do not dismiss these signs. They may have other explanations, or they may be symptoms of a serious slab leak. Always consult with an Oceanside repiping company to inspect your property and get to the bottom of the problem.
Finding a Slab Leak
In the past, plumbers would have to use their best judgement to determine the location of a slab leak and then open up the slab in hopes that they were right. That could result in a huge area of the slab being torn up, even though it was unaffected by the leak (or not even close to the leak). Now, plumbers have more sophisticated options to find slab leaks.
One popular option that plumbers use to find a slab leak is to scan the area with a thermal imaging system that detects pockets of hot and cold. Changes in the temperature could indicate that there is water under the slab. Your Oceanside repiping plumber may also use sonic listening equipment to hear sounds of trickling or running water in the slab.
With either of these options, your repiping plumber in Oceanside will be able to pinpoint the location of a slab leak so that only the affected portion of the slab has to be cut. That ensures that the repipe repair is made more quickly and that there is less damage to your home, all of which will save you money.
If you suspect that you have a leak in your slab or anywhere else in your home, you need to call a reputable repiping company as soon as possible to find it and make the necessary repairs. Integrity Repipe is a top repiping company in California, and we can make any repipe repair in your home, no matter where it is located. A repiping plumber from our team can quickly find the location of a leak or other plumbing problem and can make long-lasting repairs. We work on all types of plumbing on all types of properties. If your plumbing is aging out, we can also make recommendations for repiping, and can perform the installation. Call us in California today to schedule a consultation with a repiping plumber or schedule a service.
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