Slab Leak . . . Either Have It Immediately Fixed or Suffer Costly Damages to Your Home

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Plumbing

Slab Leak . . . Either Have It Immediately Fixed or Suffer Costly Damages to Your Home

Many homeowners take for granted their plumbing system; some do not even care about leaks until their water bill suddenly shoots up or until their plumbing system breaks down and stops giving them water. If it’s a slab leak, which occurs under the concrete foundation of a house, it will really be quite hard to notice, so homeowners may be spared from the blame; however, if it is a pinhole leak, which is leak above the floor, then people ought to notice it much faster and owe it to themselves to have the leak repaired immediately, otherwise, it will not only be pesky and destructive, but it can also cost homeowners hundreds of dollars in repair. Slab leaks can go undetected for months or even years, resulting to 2,000 to 20,000 gallons of clean water lost every year. Worse than this, however, is the destructive effect it can cause, that is damage weaken the foundation of a house and cause the development of mold, which is harmful to residents’ health. Though leaks are more common in older properties, newer properties can have problems too. Poor construction and corrosion and, in many cases, ground movement, which can cause unexpected pipe damage, are some of its causes. Thus, as soon as one supposes that there is a leak in his/her house’s plumbing system, the wisest thing to do is call in professional plumbers who have the right equipment in detecting, especially hidden leaks. Professional plumbers use electronic amplification equipment and an electromagnetic pipeline locator that will enable them to find the actual source of a leak. This will ensure least disruption to your property, faster repair time and lesser cost. Besides these benefits, their work also comes with a guarantee and except for the cost of the plumbing repair, insurance providers usually cover the cost of the leak detection service, line access and isolation, and dry out and restoration of the property to the condition before the leak occurred. For the least cost of repair it will be much better if the leak is minor; thus, to make sure that a leak never worsens, professional plumbers say that homeowners be wary of the signs of a possible leak. These include, besides a sudden increase in your water bill or electric bill (if a leak is in a hot water pipe):

  • The water meter spinning at a higher rate than before, or the water heater running more often;
  • Sound of running water even when all faucets are closed;
  • Cracks in walls or floors; and,
  • Mold or excessive moisture, especially under your carpet/s.

Have a leak fixed immediately or wait until it gets worse and damage your home: it’s your choice.

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