Slab Leak Detection & Repair Services
As the name suggests, 'slab' leaks are those that occur under your foundation. Often these show up as a damp area on your floor, carpet, or foundation. One Call can identify and find leaks under the slab and fix them so that foundation repairs are not needed.
There are usually two kinds of slab leaks: sewer leaks and leaks in water lines. When water lines are leaking, you will notice an increase in your water bill. Even a tiny hole in a water line can leak over 10,000 gallons a month. Sewer leaks can hide for years with out your knowledge. Sometimes sewer leaks can cause the soil around the line to swell, but often there is no signs of the leak.
If you have signs of possible slab leak damage (dampness or water coming up through floor, warmness in one area of floor, mold, sudden jump in water bill, lower water pressure) then One Call Plumbing can help with a professional diagnosis. Our state-of-the-art leak detection team can not only detect if there is indeed a leak, but they can work to pinpoint its location. Once located, One Call Plumbing can show you the various options of its repair, and give you a full up-front price to complete the repair. We are fully licensed and fully insured.
Understanding Slab Leaks
The slab is the concrete beneath your home that makes up the foundation. So many water pipes run through the foundation that it is possible for any one of them to receive damage due to ground movement, shifts, or natural corrosion. Cracks or holes in underlying pipes cause water to leak under the foundation, this is called a slab leak, and it can cause major water damage to your home and go from a small leak to a hazardous position to the structure of your home.
How Do Slab Leaks Develop?
There are several ways a slab leak can develop:
- Corrosion from soil chemicals - Underground pipes make contact with soil on the exterior of the pipe and water on the inside. Water balance and a charged ground could induce electrolysis in metallic pipes, causing corrosion from the inside or outside of the pipe and eventually causing holes in the pipe.
- Abrasion from long term vibration - As water travels through plumbing, vibrations, expansion and contracting may cause the pipe to rub against concrete, gravel, rebar, or other pipes depending on the construction. Over time, the constant vibration and abrasion of the pipe will grate the pipe until it springs a leak.
- Pressure from human error or shifting ground - Underground pipes may experience high levels of pressure from earthquakes, or poor construction. Pipes can be crushed or creased under this type of pressure, depending on the area of pressure.
- Construction defect - During construction, faulty workmanship may not only require rework , but also may result in damage to construction work performed by others.
Slab Leaks: Knowing When Repair Is Needed
A slab leak can be one of the most serious problems you can encounter as a home owner, so if you suspect a leak under your home, it's important to seek professional help. Left undiagnosed slab leaks can cause serious damage to the foundations of your home. Here are some signs and sysptoms to look out for:
- Visible wet or damp stains on carpet or flooring: a slab leak can sometimes reach the flooring, creating noticeable spots or stains.
- Reduced water pressure: if you notice a decrease in water pressure, it may be caused by a slab leak.
- Settling of the foundation: when an actual shifting of the home’s foundation is felt, a slab leak may have occurred.
- Significant increase in your water or electricity bill: if you notice that your water bill increases drastically, it is most likely due to a water leak.
South Florida Slab Leak Detection & Repair Experts
We provide water leak and slab leak detection and repair services in West Palm Beach, Stuart, Palm City, Jupiter, Jensen Beach, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Palm Beach Gardens, Royal Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and all the communities between. Call us for an estimate or to have one of our professional plumbers dispatched.
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