Slab leaks are some of the most difficult plumbing problems to deal with in a home. Simply put, these are leaks that happen inside water pipes under the foundation of the home or the concrete slab on which your home sits. These leaks can cause massive damage to your home, so when they happen, it’s critical that you act fast.
Here are the do’s and don’ts of addressing slab leak repairs.
Do Take Notice of Signs
In most instances, only professionals with high-tech tools can determine the source of the slab leak, but there are certain signs that homeowners should be looking for, including:
- Constant sound of running water
- High water bills
- Wet carpets, baseboards or floors
- Low water pressure
- A shift in the foundation
If you notice any of these signs, then you may have a slab leak.
Don’t Wait to Call an Expert
Slab leaks can cause major problems overtime, so if you suspect you have a slab leak, then you need to call a plumber as soon as possible. If you don’t, the problem may get worse, and the repair will be more costly in the end.
Do Understand How Slab Leaks Happen
Slab leaks can be caused by general wear and tear, soil chemical corrosion or improper installation. Hot water corrodes pipes from the inside while cold temperature can corrode from the outside. Certain soil chemicals can also corrode the pipes underground.
In more serious situations, improper installation and construction can lead to slab leaks. Some builders cut corners with their work, and homeowners end up having to pay for it later. If the plumbing was not installed correctly or the foundation was not laid properly, then you may have to deal with a slab leak in the future.
If a slab leak occurs, contact the Bienvenu Brothers. (504) 835-7783 and fix the leak before it gets out of hand.