Water leaks are dreaded for homeowners. They can be the beginnings of serious problems. Slab leaks occur when the water pipes that run under your home, beneath the concrete slab, break, or leak. This means that the leak is not in the slab, but in the pipes under it. If you suspect a slab leak at your home, call us at (828) 229-2727 for slab leak detection in Franklin, Cashiers, and Highlands, NC
Slab Leak Causes and Signs
Many things can potentially cause underground slab leaks. Friction on pipes from other pipes, gravel, and the concrete can create leaks. Old, corroded pipes may develop leaks or burst. Pipes that were installed badly may break, too. When you have a slab leak, you may hear running water, even though the water is off. Your water meter may show signs that water is running, though you have turned all the water off. Cracks can appear in your floors and walls, as well as signs of moisture and mildew. Of course, if water is leaking, your water bill will reflect that, too.
Slab Leak Detection and Repair
Slab leak detection is not something a homeowner should try alone. A plumbing expert should be called upon for the detection process. A licensed plumber knows how to detect a leak under a slab and has professional slab leak detection equipment necessary to find slab leaks of all sizes. These leaks are also called base leaks; they can be difficult for homeowners to notice until the damage is severe. Locating the source may still not be easy, even for a plumber, who must use special tools designed for the task.
Once found, repairing slab leaks can be delicate work in order to avoid tearing up the property. Repair might include re-piping if there are several leaks, which may require cutting into the floors for access to the pipes. Rerouting the pipes may be necessary, too, to route some pipes above ground if friction is a problem. Because slab leak detection and repair is such delicate work, always hire a trusted professional.
If you believe you have a slab leak at home, call Andrews Auld Heating & Cooling, Inc. at (828) 229-2727 for a professional plumber to provide slab leak detection in Franklin, Cashiers, and Highlands, NC.