A slab leak occurs when a sewer or water pipe beneath a home’s concrete foundation develops a leak. When the leak involves a water line, the first indication may be a higher than usual water bill. However, a sewer leak can be ongoing for years without you ever being aware of it. If you suspect a slab leak, and the need for sewer pipe or water line repair in Houston, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg.
Signs of a Slab Leak
A homeowner who is aware of the signs of a slab leak is in a better position for reducing the potential damages that can result. When you suspect a leak, contact our plumbers in Houston for professional leak detection, and repair. Our plumbers will locate the leak and provide professional water line repair in Houston
Common signs of a slab leak include:
- The sound of running water
- A higher than normal water bill
- Damaged flooring, such as discolored linoleum, tile, or wood, disintegrating grout, cracked tiles, wet carpet, and uneven or warped flooring
- Doors that drag
- Mold and mildew
- Increased humidity
- Peeling paint
- Damp or saturated dry wall
- Unusually wet soil around the foundation or pooling of water
- A warm spot on the floor can indicate a hot water leak
- Wet floors, shoe molding, or baseboards
- Low water pressure
- A musty or moldy odor
The type of soil beneath the slab can affect a slab leaks signs. Expansive soil, such as clay, will expand as it absorbs the moisture. Furthermore, as the soil expands, uneven floors and other damage can occur.
Contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg at the first sign of a slab leak. Ignoring a potential leak can result in serious damage to your home and its foundation. If you suspect a water leak beneath your slab, but are uncertain, provide the water meter test for leak verification.
Water Meter Test
Inform other occupants not to use water for one hour, or test when you are home alone. Turn off the icemaker, sprinklers, and other automatic water users. With no water in use, the water meter readout should not be moving, indicating a leak when it is. Otherwise write down the meter reading, and recheck in one hour. If the numbers have increased, you have a leak.
You can narrow the location of the leak if your home has a shut off valve near the foundation. Turn it off and check indoor for water. If you have water indoors, the shut off valve is faulty, and you cannot proceed with further tests. Contact a plumber for repair. If the shut off valve turns off the water indoors, repeat the water meter test. If the numbers have not increased, the leak is within the home’s plumbing. If the numbers have increased, the leak is in the water supply pipe between the meter and the shut off valve. Contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg for water line repair in Houston.
Slab Leak Detection
The first step in slab leak repair is confirming the leak, determining the type of leak, and locating it. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg has the knowledge, experience, and equipment with the latest technology to provide accurate leak detection, and repair. Contact a Benjamin Franklin plumber for professional diagnosis and water line repair in Houston.
Our experienced plumbers specialize in leak detection and water line repair in Houston. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg offers licensed plumbers you can rely on for professional expertise in a broad range of professional plumbing services. We serve Houston, Sugar Land, Katy, and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. For service you can rely on, contact us for water line repair in Houston.