What would you guess is the most common problem that homeowners run into with their residential plumbing systems? If you said “leaky pipes,” you’re right. With all of the piping that runs throughout homes, it is a clear testament to the quality of plumbing materials and techniques today that leaks only develop as infrequently as they do. Even so, a leak of some type is more or less inevitable. As we’ll discuss today, not all leaks are created equal.
Case in point: the slab leak. Now, we want to reinforce that there really is no such thing as a “minor” plumbing leak, as even minor leaks can waste a lot of water and wind up costing you a great deal of money over time. Hidden leaks, no matter how “minor,” can also do a lot of water damage to surrounding areas. But a slab leak is a different beast entirely. If you have any reason at all to suspect a slab leak in Carrollwood, FL, contact us right away.
Why Is the Slab Leak So Tricky?
To understand why a slab leak is of particular concern, even in comparison to other plumbing leaks, you really just need to know where the slab leak originates. As the name suggests, a slab leak is a leak that develops beneath the concrete slab of a home. Because of this location, it is really very difficult to recognize that there is a leak at all. Here are a few points of concern to be aware of. Keeping them in mind may help you to spot any potential slab leaks before serious damage is done.
- Increased water costs, even though you are not using water any differently than normal around your property.
- Hot spots on the floor, which could indicate a leak in a hot water line.
- Water stains on carpets or the base of walls.
- The sound of running water when you know that there is no water in use.
- The development of mold on walls/floors.
What Is the Next Step?
We always advise homeowners to schedule any plumbing repairs that they may need with trained professionals. It is the best way to avoid further damages sustained during attempted repairs. With a slab leak, this is more important than ever.
There was a time when a plumber would have to make his or her best guess as to where the slab leak was located–assuming there is a leak in just one spot–and then tear up that section of the slab with hope for the best. Today, professional plumbers have access to much better tools that allow us to pinpoint the source of the leak much more accurately.
You don’t want to disrupt your home any more than is absolutely necessary when you are dealing with a problem like a slab leak. You’ve already got enough to deal with in that situation. Schedule your slab leak services with us, and we’ll have the problem resolved as promptly as possible, and with as little headache as possible, too.
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