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How to Deal with Slab Leaks

sunny-plumbersIn a perfect world, we would be able to tell you how you can completely avoid plumbing problems of all kinds, preferably in just a few simple steps. As this isn’t a perfect world, we can’t do this, though we’ve certainly shared plenty of tips in the past that have helped you to avoid many problems with your plumbing system. That being said, you are going to run into problems from time to time—and some of them are much more serious than others.

While we believe that all plumbing problems should be a top priority, and it is always in your best interests to resolve any problems in a prompt manner, certain issues are more likely to cause serious damage than others. This is the case with a slab leak in Phoenix, AZ. In today’s post, we’ll help you to understand what a slab leak is, why they’re so detrimental, and how you can recognize one in your home. If and when you do, be sure to contact The Sunny Plumber Phoenix immediately. 

What Exactly Is a Slab Leak?

Any leak in your plumbing system is a big problem. Even if you’re not using the water that is leaking out of that pipe, you are paying for it. Plus, there is a real risk that you’ll wind up with serious water damage on your property if you let the problem persist. Damp conditions can also lead to the promotion of biological pollutant growth, including mold, bacteria, and viruses. Due to the location of a slab leak, however, this is one of the most serious leaks you may encounter.

A slab leak is a leak that occurs in either a hot or cold water line running beneath the concrete slab that a home is constructed on. Now, a lot of leaks may go undetected, and the source of many leaks may wind up being quite far from where the evidence of a leak actually turns up. Due to this uniquely hidden location, however, the slab leak is particularly difficult to spot.

But You Can Spot It!

Okay, so you cannot see the pipe running beneath your concrete slab—assuming that you don’t have the X-ray vision that so many of us remember from the comic books of our youths. But there are plenty of warning signs that you may notice which can inform you that something is amiss. Take the following into consideration, and remember it could mean that there is a slab leak on your property.

  • The sound of water running, even if you’re not using any.
  • Warm spots on the floor.
  • Water stains on carpeting.
  • Cracks in the foundation.
  • Increasing water bills without increased usage.
  • Warped floorboards.
  • Low water pressure.
  • Standing water on the floor.

Remember when we said that any leaks in your home are serious business. Many different types of leaks will all exhibit similar symptoms. If you think you have a leak of any kind, you need to spring into action right away.

Contact us for all of your plumbing services. Bright and Shiny and won’t show our Hiney.

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