Few plumbing problems in residential homes are as troublesome and potentially devastating as a slab leak: a leak from a pipe either buried under the concrete of your foundation or porch, or embedded within the concrete itself. In and of themselves, they differ little from leaks taking place elsewhere in other pipes in your home. But because they can be hard to detect and harder to reach, they require the immediate services of a trained plumber to resolve. Our team has the skills you need to deal with slab leak issues, but it helps if you understand what makes slab leaks so troublesome and why you need professional services to resolve them.
SLOW DAMAGE OVER TIME
Leaking water never sounds like a big deal, and over the short term, it isn’t. But over time, a leak can cause considerable damage: breaking down surrounding materials as well as costing you money in lost water. When it comes to the foundation of your home or similar locations like a concrete pool or porch, the damage can be considerable. Over the course of months or years, they can create cracks in the concrete, which can cause considerable damage to your home as a whole. In the worst cases, the foundation itself will need to be re-poured.
Slab leak repairs are designed to correct the problem before that occurs. First, you need to realize that such a problem is present. Then you need to contact the right team to handle it.
SPOTTING THE TROUBLE
Slab leaks are tough to notice, which is one of the reasons they’re so serious. There arer subtle signs that you can pick out, however, that will alert you to the presence of the issue. They can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- High bills, specifically unexpected spikes in your water bills.
- Warm spots or cold spots in the ground above the spot of the leaks
- Sounds of dripping or running water with no apparent source.
- Puddles forming around the base of your home or porch, again without any apparent source.
- Cracks appearing in the concrete itself.
CORRECTING THE PROBLEM
Once you detect the signs of a slab leak, turn off the water main to your home and call in an expert right away. A professional plumber can first pinpoint the exact location of the leak, then enact the right solution for it. That tends to fall into one of two basic categories:
- New Pipe. In many cases, the issue can be resolved simply by cutting off the flow of water from the affected pipe and running a new length of pipe around the concrete to carry the water. This costs less in most cases and ensures that future leaks can be dealt with much more easily.
- Digging. In the worst-case scenarios, the pipe itself will need to be reached, which means digging through the concrete, then re-pouring it after the leak has been sealed. In such cases, the plumber will take steps to ensure that the problem doesn’t repeat itself before re-pouring the concrete.
For slab leak repairs throughout the Atlanta, GA area, call the pros at Quick Action Plumbers!