Before we dive into today’s topic, we want to make one point clear. Any plumbing leak in Phoenix, AZ, is something to take seriously. Is every leak going to be a major emergency? No, of course not. But if you allow a leak to go unresolved because it’s not an emergency, you run the risk of allowing a lot of damage to develop—and money to be wasted—because you didn’t deal with the issue in a timely manner.
Got it? Good. Now, let’s move onto today’s main focus—the slab leak. Slab leaks are emergencies, and for one simple reason. By the time you notice them, it is likely that they’ve been causing trouble for some time. The slab leak is notoriously tough to recognize, as we’ll detail more below. There are ways in which to recognize that you have a slab leak on your property, but you need to have some background information on hand.
What We Mean by “Slab Leak”
If you are not familiar with slab leaks, consider yourself lucky! That may mean that you’ve never had to deal with one. However, you should gain some familiarity with them, because they are an unfortunate possibility in any home using indoor plumbing. Basically, a slab leak is just a leak that develops under the concrete slab upon which your home is constructed.
But to call the slab leak “just another leak” is wading into risky territory. Why? Because every other leak you may encounter in your plumbing system can be accessed easier than a slab leak. That slab leaks develop beneath concrete slabs means that they’re not just more difficult to recognize than the average plumbing leak, but also more difficult to reach in order to service.
How to Deal with a Slab Leak
Before you can actually deal with a slab leak, you need to realize that you might have one to begin with. Now, you’re not just going to see this type of leak the way that you might see a leak in an exposed pipe on your property. (Not unless you have X-ray vision that allows you to see through concrete, at least.) You can, however, learn to recognize the warning signs of a slab leak. These include:
- Cracks in your concrete foundation.
- Hot spots on your concrete slab.
- Increased water costs with no corresponding increase in usage.
- The sound of running water when none is in use.
- Damp spots on carpeting or where walls meet floors in finished basements.
Once you’ve got a hunch that you might have a slab leak, get our professionals on the case. We’ll use our tools and training to pinpoint the source of the slab leak so that any disruption to your property is kept to a bare minimum. We don’t just go in ready to jackhammer our way around until we find the leak! Once we’ve located it, we’ll repair it the right way for long-lasting results.