Before you learn about a slab leak, you must first learn about your slab foundation. A slab foundation is exactly what the name implies: a foundation made of a big slab of concrete. Throughout the concrete, construction workers lay all of the piping for the house, including water and sewer pipes. This slab can either be thick or thin, depending on the amount of wiring and piping the concrete has in it.
Most Texas buildings (both residential and commercial properties) have been built on slab foundations, including those in the San Antonio area. These types of foundations are generally very protective of the pipes laced throughout, however every so often concrete will crack and pipes will become damaged.
So, what the heck is a slab leak? A slab leak is when your slab foundation cracks, which causes damage to the pipes embedded into the foundation, and causes leaks. When this happens, you need to be confident in you slab leak detection skills, or it could cost you.
There are several symptoms of a slab leak that you can look out for. These symptoms can include:
- Unusually high water bills
- Wet spots on your floor and/or walls
- Excess moisture
- Or the constant sound of running water
DO NOT try to tear up your flooring or breaking up your foundation in attempt to find the slab leak or to repair it yourself. There are very capable and qualified professionals who can and should be called to fix your problem.
If a slab leak is suspected, call Mr. Plumber San Antonio slab repair for inspection and repair. Mr. Plumber understands how important it is to address these kinds of leaks immediately and does so with excellent and speedy service. When in doubt, call Mr. Plumber!