If you think you might have a slab leak and you’re here to figure out if it’s dangerous or not, the answer is a firm yes. Slab leak dangers range from ruined floors to hazardous mold growth to serious foundation problems.
How is a Slab Leak Caused?
A slab leak happens when the pipes in the foundation slab of your home develop cracks or holes. One of the first signs of a slab leak is an increased water bill. If you see on your bill that water is being used at times while no one is home, this is a good indication you have a leak somewhere. Check around your house for signs of water damage or leakage. If you can’t find the source, it may be under your home. Consider calling one of our plumbers to run a check around your property to locate the problem.
Effects of a Slab Leak
Once pipes under your home have been leaking for more than a few days, water has nowhere to go but up. Flooring, such as carpets or wood, may become waterlogged. This is typically the first thing people notice when they have a slab leak, since people are not always checking their water bills in detail. Once floors become waterlogged, your house may start to smell musty and there is potential for mold growth. If the pipes have been leaking for a while, your foundation may become compromised. Slab leaks weaken the structure of your foundation, causing cracks.
Contact a Professional
Leaks should always be taken seriously from the moment you discover you have one or potentially have one. Our plumbers here at Mr. Plumber will pinpoint the exact location of your leak and devise a plan for fixing the problem with minimal damage to your home. Call us today if you think you may have a slab leak or need a repair service!