One of the more destructive plumbing issues a homeowner can face is a slab leak. Because a broken pipe under your home’s foundation can leak water for an untold amount of time, it’s imperative that you, as a homeowner, understand the signs of a slab leak. By foregoing immediate repair, you risk structural and foundation damage, potentially costing you thousands upon thousands of dollars. Here are the telltale signs that a leak exists and that professional leak detection is imperative:
- Moisture or mildew under your feet – Your floor is the first area to show signs of a leaking underground pipe. Wet or warm spots, cracking tile and bubbles in linoleum are all signs that something is amiss underground.
- The distant sound of running water – Listen carefully. If you hear hissing, gurgling or splashing that you can’t place, you may have a slab leak.
- Unexplainable wall cracks – Drywall is extremely water-absorbent but does not stand up well to moisture. If you notice cracks and/or mold crawling up your walls, look for other signs of a slab leak to determine if you have a broken underground pipe.
- You’re losing water pressure – A sudden drop in pressure can also be an indication that something has given away out of sight. Get your Dallas plumber in to complete a slab leak detection test.
- Your water meter continuously runs – If you have reason to believe that a slab leak exists, checking your water meter can help you make sure of the diagnosis. If, after turning off all appliances and faucets, you notice that the dial on your meter is still running, a slab leak is most likely the culprit.
- Your water bill is out of control – Suddenly paying unbelievable water bills? A slab leak is a probable cause.