Due to the high costs of repairs any kind of leak in the plumbing can be a major issue. One type in particular that causes a lot of damage is a leak in the slab. Keep reading to learn what slab leaks are, how to find them, and what type of damage can happen if they are not found soon enough.
Defining Slab Leaks
The slab refers to the foundation of your home which is made of concrete. Two major pipes run under this foundation which are the sewer and water lines and they are essential to the plumbing system in a home.
Slab leaks occur when any one of them leaks beneath your slab. The resulting water eventually works its way up through your slab which then leaks into the home. Unfortunately, this happens too often without homeowners realizing it until the damage is extensive, and then it’s impossible to avoid the costly repairs at that point. This is what makes these types of leaks very dangerous.
Finding Slab Leaks
Professional equipment must be used to find the slab leak’s exact spot. That said, there some ways you can figure out if this is the kind of leak you have:
Start by shutting off every water appliance inside the home and checking the water meter. You probably have a leak in your plumbing system somewhere if you still notice it’s running.
Try listening for any water running. The best time to do this is when it’s quiet and you can walk around because slab leaks typically occur on the home’s bottom floor. If you do hear any running water anywhere that shouldn’t be, then there’s a good chance that you might have a leak in your slab beneath your floor.
Luckily, Smith and Son Plumbing provides slab leak detection and repair in the Frisco, Texas area. Give us a call to schedule a plumbing consultation today.