Finding out your home has a slab leak is not news any homeowner wants to receive. Slab leaks occur when the plumbing underneath the concrete slab foundation develops a leak, resulting in damage to the home and/or its foundation. Slab leaks are a common plumbing problem, and are a serious one not to be ignored. If you suspect a slab leak, contact a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumber in Sugar Land to schedule a plumbing repair.
A leak in the home’s water piping may not be easy to detect, although the signs are easier to spot than a typical sewer pipe leak. You may hear water running, notice an unexplained increase in the water bill, or water running from beneath the slab around the home’s exterior may be visible. Once water enters the home’s interior, serious damage can occur.
Sewer pipe leaks aren’t as easy to detect, and can leak for years without causing visible signs. Eventually problems will develop in the slab foundation due to a long-term leak.
Causes of Slab Leaks
Conditions that may cause a slab leak include:
Pipe corrosion of metal piping can occur when the pipes are in contact with soil.
The damage of pipes can occur due to poor construction or natural events, such as earthquakes. Damage can result in creasing of the pipe, which restricts water flow and water pressure, and predispose the piping in the development of a leak. In addition, abrasion may occur to pipes due to movement of piping due to vibration, expansion, and contraction. The movement of the pipes causes rubbing against surrounding materials and results in abrasion, or wear on the pipe, and eventual leaks.
Construction defects occur with improper installation during the original construction, and/or the failure to insulate or stabilize the pipes. Whatever your plumbing issue, a Benjamin Franklin plumber in Sugar Land offers the professional resolution of your problem with expert and reliable repair, guaranteed.
Signs of a Slab Leak
Signs of a slab leak call for prompt repair by a licensed plumber in Sugar Land. Delay of plumbing repair can result in a wider scale of damage and increase the cost of home repairs. Signs of a slab leak include:
- Stained flooring, wet spots, or warm spots on the floor
- Cracks in the foundation, floor, or walls
- Drywall damage due to water
- Standing water on the floor
- Warped, uneven flooring
- Mildew or mold can make your home smell musty, while a sewer pipe leak can cause a sewage odor
- Low water pressure
- An excessively running water heater
- The sound of running water, when none is in use
- A water meter showing use when none is being used
- An unexplained increase in the water bill
Contact a Benjamin Franklin Plumbing plumber in Sugar Land when you suspect a slab leak. Prompt attention can prevent additional and very costly home repairs.
Detecting a Slab Leak
A Benjamin Franklin plumber in Sugar Land has the advanced equipment, and the expertise to detect hidden slab leaks with as little disruption as possible. Our skilled plumbers can find and repair a slab leak, typically with little or no disruption of flooring. Older homes with worn out, aging pipes may need repiping or the rerouting of piping. Furthermore, our plumbers in Sugar Land offer these services, and a wide range of additional plumbing services to handle your plumbing needs. Give us a call today to schedule service. Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Rosenberg serves Sugar Land, Katy, Houston, and the surrounding areas, and is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. We guarantee your satisfaction.