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Plumbing FAQ: What Is a Slab Leak?

corroded-pipesWhat would you guess is the most common problem that homeowners encounter with their residential plumbing systems? If you said “leaks,” then you are correct. Modern plumbing tools and materials, paired with the skills and expertise of professional plumbers, help to keep such leaks to a minimum. They still happen, though, and you may not realize that there are a few different types of leaks that homeowners may encounter. Today, we are going to talk about a type of leak called the “slab leak.”

Before we get further into the topic, we want to start by saying that you really never want to run into a slab leak on your property. It is easier than ever for plumbers to pinpoint the source of these leaks and fix them, but they are still very problematic. So without further ado, let’s shed some light on what slab leaks are, and what you can do to recognize the development of a slab leak in Maricopa, AZ

Location, Location, Location!

That is the name of the game when it comes to slab leaks–but it’s a game that you’d never choose to buy into. There are certain leaks that are quite obvious in a plumbing system. An exposed leaking pipe, for instance, may drip water onto the floor. A leaky faucet will drip, drip, drip, constantly reminding you of the leak. The issue with a slab leak is that its location makes it quite difficult to recognize that there is a problem to begin with. At least, until signs of damage start to show up!

A slab leak is a leak in a pipe that is buried under the foundational concrete slab upon which your home sits. Obviously, that layer of concrete can do a lot to cover up the signs of a leak beneath it. This is not to say, however, that there are no warning signs that you may notice. There are in fact quite a few that could alert you to a slab leak on your property.

What to Look Out For

It’s not just about looking out. You can use multiple senses, including your hearing and sense of touch, to recognize the presence of a slab leak on your property. Here are a few signs that it’s time to consult a professional:

  • Warm spots. If the leak is in a hot water line, you may be able to feel the heat of the water as you pass near the leak.
  • Increased water costs. Does it seem like you’re paying too much for water, despite the fact that you haven’t been using more than usual? A slab leak could be wasting water that you pay for.
  • Running water sounds. Are you certain that there is no water in use anywhere in your home, but you still hear the sound of running water?
  • Damp spots. Have you noticed that there are damp spots on carpeting or along the base of your walls?
  • Foundational cracks or sagging. This is a major sign that damage is already done to your home, so be sure to schedule service immediately.

The plumbers at The Sunny Plumber Phoenix have the tools, training, and expertise that they need to pinpoint a slab leak in your home. Once they have, they can expose it in order to repair it with minimal disruption to your property. Let us handle this difficult service, and it will be done right. 

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