When slab leaks occur in a home’s plumbing in Houston, the potential for costly damage to the home’s structure and its foundation become serious concerns. In addition, mold may occur directly related to a leak. Due to these risks, when a slab leak is suspected or known, prompt slab leak repair should be scheduled with a plumber in Houston to minimize the damage that is occurring due to your home’s leaky plumbing in Houston.
Causes of a Slab Leak
There are a variety of factors that can result in a slab leak. One of the most common is shifting soil.
Shifting soil increases the vulnerability of a slab home’s plumbing in Houston. After a home is constructed, the soil beneath the slab begins to settle. Earthquakes can cause shifting soil, and if severe enough, may result in broken pipes. In a slab home, the home’s plumbing in Houston lies beneath the slab, and is vulnerable to damage caused by shifting soil.
Pipes that are of poor quality, or poor wrapping of the pipes during construction are factors that may cause a slab leak. Pipe corrosion can occur due to water chemistry, and elevated water pressure are additional factors that can cause slab leaks.
When leaks occur, even a small leak can lead to further soil shifting, which in turn can result in further damage to pipes creating a circle of potentially costly damage.
If you have a confirmed slab leak, or suspect a slab leak, schedule slab leak detection with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. Being aware of the signs of a slab leak helps to prevent or reduce damage. Knowing the signs will enable you to receive prompt repair to your home’s plumbing in Houston, reduce the consequences of damage and mold from a slab leak.
Slab leaks are due to one of two causes, those due to a broken water line, and those caused by a leaking sewer line. Any of the following signs can indicate the need for leak detection.
- Cracks in the foundation and/or walls
- Plants or grass near the foundation that are greener or lusher than normal
- Discolored hardwood, stained linoleum or cracked tile
- Unexplained water on the floor
- An elevated water bill lacking any explanation
- The sound of running water when no water is running
- Warm spots on the floor indicating a leaking hot water line
- Wet sheetrock or floor molding
- Wet carpet or rugs
- Uneven floors
- Musty, moldy or unpleasant odors
Sewer Pipe Leaks
Sewer pipe leaks may be undetected for some time, leading to foundation damage, potential contamination of ground water and nearby bodies of water. Potential signs are the odor of raw sewage and uneven floors.
Catching a leak early and having it repaired promptly is the best means of minimizing damage to the home and foundation when a slab leak occurs in your plumbing in Houston.
Benjamin Franklin Plumbing provides plumbers with the expertise and the latest technology available to locate and provide repair of slab leaks in your plumbing in Houston, typically without any damage to the floors. Our experienced plumbers provide service in Houston, Sugarland, Katy and the surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.