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What Causes Slab Leaks?

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Slab leaks are a serious and damaging plumbing issue that can easily cost you a small fortune. These leaks can have a number of causes, but they are all related to some type of failure in your home’s plumbing system.

A plumbing system can fail as a result of soil shifting beneath the slab of your home, which is more common in certain geographical areas. Water lines that have been weakened as a result of corrosion or improper installation can also be a culprit for a slab leak. In some rare cases, metal in the soil can have a chemical reaction with metals in your plumbing and result in a slab leak, too.

What Are Warning Signs of a Slab Leak?

Many slab leaks are very slow and can worsen gradually for years before being detected. However, early detection of a slab leak can limit the damage caused to your home and cost much less to repair. You should remain diligent and keep an eye out for any abnormal developments, such as the following:

  • Increased water bills without a change in use
  • Warm or damp spots on your flooring
  • Bad odors from walls or floors
  • The sound of running water when none is in use
  • Cracks in the foundation of your home

If caught early enough, it’s much easier to repair a slab leak.

How Are Slab Leaks Repaired?

The repair method for a slab leak will depend largely on the age and condition of the piping, as well as the severity of the leak. When a home is newer or has piping that’s in good condition, slab leaks can usually be fixed with a simple repair of the damaged area. On the other hand, homes that have very old pipes or multiple leaks will typically need complete replacement of their existing pipes.

At B&B Professional Plumbing, slab leak detection and repair is our specialty. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for any of your plumbing needs.

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