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Do You Have a Slab Leak?

Written by Posted On Monday, 11 February 2019 19:58

If you have a slab leak, it can be a catastrophe for your home. Depending on the kind of slab leak you have, your leak can go unnoticed for days, weeks, or even months as it wreaks havoc on your foundation, water bill, and more.

While you may need a jackhammer or concrete drill to eventually get to the leak, you absolutely don't need to begin tearing up your floors just to search for a leak. Actually, slab leaks have telltale indicators that you can check without resorting to heavy machinery.

So, just how do you know if you have a slab leak? These 11 pointers may help you discover the solution you're trying to find:

1. If it seems like there's water running, but none of your fixtures or appliances are running, you might have a slab leak. Slab leaks have a tendency to either make a hissing sound or a splashing sound, so head to your basement or crawl space and keep your ears open.

2. If you notice a warm spot on your floor where one doesn’t make sense, it could be an indication that a hot water line is leaking below your slab. Generally, warm water line leaks are uncovered quicker, because you can feel them right under your feet.

3. If you have begun to discover moisture or mildew beneath your carpeting, it could be a sign of a leakage. After all, as the water begins to collect, it has no place to go but up.

4. If you see splits in your tile flooring or bubbles in your linoleum flooring, you might have a leakage.

5. If you see splits in your baseboards or walls, those could also be signs of a slab leak. Slab leaks can subtly shift your foundation, which may put strains in unexpected places throughout your home’s structure.

6. If it feels like your pool is quickly losing water, it can be a sign of a slab leak.

7. If there is even a little leak in your water line, your water pressure will go down dramatically. Therefore, sudden losses in water pressure throughout your home can be a sign of a leak.

8. If your water expenses have escalated all of a sudden, it can be a sign of a slab leak. A pinhole-sized hole in one of your pipes can leak more than 10,000 gallons of water in a single month, so it’s hard to miss the impact on your water bill.

9. See what your water meter is doing. Make certain that every one of your faucets are switched off, that the commode is not running, and that the cleaning machine or dishwashing machine is out. Then go outside and take a look at your water meter. If you check back in an hour and see that water has been used, that is a very good sign that you have a leak.

10. See if you have a leak detector. Some water meters have leak detectors within them that look like a tiny black or white triangle or wheel. If it is rotating - or moving at all - it implies that you have a leak someplace.

These are just some of the signs of a slab leak. Learn about other slab leak signs or speak with a local specialist today if you think your home may have a slab leak.

Listing Additional Info

  • State: Louisiana
  • Address: 1163 Braxton Street,
  • City: GRAMERCY
  • Zipcode: 70052
  • SOLD: no
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