Ways of Identifying a Slab Leak in the House
Many homeowners experience slab leaks from time to time. Although slab leaks occur from time to time, it may not be easy for a homeowner to tell if there is a slab leak in the house. It occurs after the pipes used gradually weakens with time or the pipes bursts. When a slab leak occurs, look for a repipe specialist, who specializes in slab leaks and not general plumbing.
There are several ways to know if you are having a slab leak, as outlined below. You check your water bill, and all of a sudden the bill is high as compared to the past months. That is a sign that there is a slab leak somewhere in your water piping.The bills will indicate there is a leakage somewhere in the water tubing. The heating bills will also shoot up as a result of a slab leak. Once you notice the bills have gone up, look for a repipe specialist to check if there is a slab leakage.
A leakage in the slabs can also be detected as there can be sounds from the running water. The sound will be coming from the running water even when the taps are not open. Ensure the taps and all plumbing appliances are turned off so that you can detect the sound of running water beneath the concrete. You will know of a slab leakage if the sounds are positive.
Slab leaks can also be detected by occurrence of pools of water in different parts on the floor. The size of the ponds keeps increasing with time as more water piles up. The ponds can also start piling in areas where plumbing has been done, or in the kitchen, bathroom, toilet, laundry areas, etc. where there are water lines.
Another way to know there is a slab leak is check hot spots on the floor. If a hot water line leaks, the surrounding spots will be hot, and when walked on them, it feels like walking on hot coal. The hot water leaking from the water lines warms the concrete, and the floor automatically becomes warm.
Another most common sign of slab leak is decreased water pressure. Any leakage on the water line will mean water is getting out of the pipe, thus reducing the pressure of the water getting to the taps. Contact a plumber or repipe technician to check the cause of the decrease in water pressure.
Normally, when the floors absorbs a lot of water, they start to crack, especially if the water has been leaking for a long time without been repaired. It is however not easy to differentiate a crack resulting from a slab leakage and a crack causes by other factors. A crack resulting from slab leakage will likely be near plumbing areas and places with water taps such as kitchen and bathroom.