If you suspect you have a home foundation leak, you must call a professional for repairs as soon as possible. Foundation leaks can wreak havoc on your home and cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to fix. We’ve offered slab leak repair to the Dayton and surrounding area for over 30 years at Ed Rike Plumbing, Heating & Air. Call us today.
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What is a Slab Leak?
Slab leaks are leaks that occur under a concrete slab, and unlike other leaks, the slab leak can cause significant damage to your home. Slab leaks occur when the copper pipes that bring water into your home begin leaking.
The real problem with slab leaks is that homeowners may not know they have a leak and often only find out after significant damage is done. The cause of the leak is when the pipe corrodes, but corrosion occurs for various reasons. Also, high water pressure and thermal expansion are known causes of leaking pipes.
How to Know if You Have a Slab Leak
While most leaks are readily apparent, they’re sometimes well hidden, as in the leaks under your foundation. Here’s what to look for.
- Spikes in Water Bill — If your water bill suddenly skyrockets, it could be that you have a leak that’s running 24/7.
- Lower Water Pressure — Depending on the size of the leak, you may notice a decrease in water pressure.
- Hot Spots on Floor — Most slab leaks occur in the hot water line, so if you notice hot spots on your floor, there’s a high probability it’s a leaking hot water line.
- Damaged or Wet Floors — Sometimes, water leaking underground has nowhere to go but up, and the result is wet, or water damaged floors.
- Foul Odors — When water leaks into your home, it’s bound to cause mold and mildew to develop, which brings on musty odors.
- Sounds of Running Water — If you hear water running even when there’s no water on in the house, take a closer listen because it could be a slab leak.
If you notice any of the above signs, you must call us for our foundation leak detection as soon as possible.
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How to Repair a Slab Leak
Slab leaks are one of the worst problems affecting homeowners because it has the potential to damage your foundation. Once you find that you have a slab leak, you must repair it as quickly as possible to minimize damage. Depending on the extent of the damage and the leak, your plumbing professional may recommend several repairs options including:
- Epoxy Restoration
- Pipe Rerouting
The cost of these services depends on the severity of the leak and the required labor. Also, depending on the cause of the leak, your homeowner’s insurance may help.