Understanding a Slab Leak

A slab leak is to your home as cancer is to your body. It is devastating and will destroy it. But like cancer the key to handling a slab leak is to detect it early. This is not without difficulty however because a slab leak is an underground leaking pipe. It’s usually out of sight and out of mind. But the symptoms of slab leak can help expose the insidious ailment. Below are a few helpful tactics for eliminating deadly slab leaks:

I Hear It!

Listen carefully, do you hear the sound of running water coming from a void? If you do, chances are your house is amidst a slab leak. If a pipe burst underground you will be able to hear the sound of wasted water eroding the foundation of your home. However, it can be difficult to detect a slab leak if the main line is under the kitchen floor (but that’s not to say it’s impossible).  The easiest place to listen for a slab leak is the basement.

A Rising Water Bill

If your water use habits haven’t change, a rising water bill can indicate a variety of things, none of them good. A slab leak will result in wasted water, and thus, a higher water bill. Of course, a rising water bill could also indicate a leaky faucet, or a broken pipe. Regardless, call a licensed plumber like Albuquerque Plumbing to help handle your piping issues.

Crumbling Foundation

The excessive moisture emitted by a slab leak may cause the foundation of your home to buckle. If you notice cracks alongside your home, inside walls, or on the floor, then you will no doubt be dealing with a monster slab leak. This is the worst case scenario because homes have crumbled to the ground because of this.

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