Signs You May Have a Slab Leak

Some leaks that occur are easily seen, but some can occur in the underground pipes in your home’s foundation. If you suspect this type of issue, called a slab leak, reach out to the professionally licensed plumbers at Pipe Masters as soon as possible.

What is a slab leak?

In the plumbing industry, a slab leak is a term for a leak occurring in the piping that runs beneath the concrete foundation of your home. These leaks can be very dangerous because sometimes they go easily undetected and can create major water damage or even cause your entire home’s foundation to collapse.

What signs should I look for?

There are a few common signs that could help you determine if you have a slab leak in your home.

A spike in your water bill or a moving water meter when you aren’t actively using the pipes could show there is a leak. You should also watch for unusually low water pressure, new cracks in your walls or baseboards, or standing water around the outside perimeter of your home.

What are the most common causes?

There are a few different causes for a slab leak in your foundation.

You may have had poor installation of the pipes when your home was built. If the pipes were installed in a place that didn’t give enough room needed to naturally expand and contract, they could wear down, and this deterioration could cause a slab leak.

Some natural causes for slab leaks include ground shifts or foundation shifts, which will cause pressure in your pipes. Also, underground pipes can come into contact with soil or other natural materials that can cause them to corrode over time. Scheduling regular maintenance with Pipe Masters can help ensure that potential causes for leaks are monitored and addressed promptly.

How will Pipe Masters fix it?

Depending on the size of your home’s slab leak, there are a few options for plumbing repair. If you just have a single leak with easy access, our technicians may be able to do a small spot repair. However, often a slab leak requires a re-piping. If you suspect that your home has a leak, reach out to the licensed master plumbers at Pipe Masters today at (562) 533-2145 or request a free inspection.

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