|Posted on November 29, 2014 at 8:05 PM|
Water & Slab Leaks in Boerne, Fair Oaks Ranch & Leon Springs TX
A slab leak occurs when the pipes running under and through the concrete foundation of a home are compromised and begin leaking water under the slab itself. This type of leak can cause the foundation to crack or heave or cause wet spots (with the presence of mold) and can occur on the slab or even rise up through the carpet and walls. Slab leaks are very serious and should be addressed immediately.
Plumbing lines buried beneath slabs are vulnerable to shifting soils. If the soil moves too much, plumbing pipes can develop leaks. A slow leak beneath a home can cause the soil to shift more, which can make the leak worse. The potential for increasing damage makes early leak detection and repair essential. Even the smallest of leaks can yield devastating results. A leak the size of a pinhead, for example, can waste 360,000 gallons per year, enough to fill 12,000 bathtubs to overflowing.
Some of the possible causes of a slab water leak are hard water (that can corrode the pipes), shifting foundations (which is a particular problem in parts of the Texas Hill Country) or inferior workmanship when the plumbing was initially installed.
Slab leak / water detection and foundation leak repair play a vital role in keeping your home’s foundation intact. Boerne Joe' Plumbing would much rather locate a suspected leak than to do major repair work once the water leak has done it's damage. But how do you know when to call your plumbing service & repair company, Boerne Joe' Plumbing?
You need Boerne Joe' Plumbing for leak detection if:
- Your water bill increases for no apparent reason
- You hear the sound of water running when no taps are open
- You see foundation cracks
- Base of foundation plants grow unevenly
- There is a visible shift in the soil around your home
- You have warm spots on slab floors
- You have discolored floor coverings, such as darkened hardwood (mold)
- You smell bad odors coming from floors or walls