Signs of a Slab Leak

Do you have some concerns that you might have a potential leak in your home?

Here are some of the signs of a leak in your home.

  • The constant sound of running water
    • Copper piping transmits noise very well. If you did have a slab leak, a noise similar to running water can often be heard at exposed fittings.
  • Mold or mildew growth outside or inside your house
    • Mold needs food, moisture, warmth, and oxygen to grow. Food, warmth and oxygen are all present everywhere in your home, but moisture is not. If mold is growing, the moisture allowing it to grow could be coming from a hidden leak.
  • Stained walls or ceilings
    • Even the smallest of leaks will over time start to stain drywall and leave discolorations and watermarks.
  • Higher than normal water bills.
    • When a leak starts, there’s no stopping it until it gets fixed. A pinhole leak just a 1/16” wide can cause almost 30,000 gallons of water loss a month!
  • Hot spots on your floor
    • Water heaters are normally set at 120 degrees, if your hot water line had a leak somewhere in it, the heat could transfer through your slab and heat your floors to around 100 degrees which is similar to the warmth of concrete after the sun has been hitting it all day.
  • Wet or moist floors
    • If you don’t have a crack in your slab, it is very likely that it will take some time for the water to permeate through to the surface but when it does, water slowly starts to appear. It moreso starts to dampen the area where it starts to rise than floods the area, but this does not mean you are safe from flooding to start.
  • Noticeable drop in water pressure
    • A leak somewhere in your plumbing will constantly draw water towards the hole or crack. This hole or crack can cause a drop in water pressure especially if the water flowing through your pipe leaks before it gets to the water fixture you are using.
  • Unusual and persistent odors
    • Water leaks, especially hot water leaks, have the potential to cause the growth of mold or mildew. If you notice a funny or unpleasant smell that you can’t place nor get rid of, this could be the presence of hidden mold or mildew caused by a water leak.
  • Brown or unusual colored water
    • Depending on where the water leak is located in your plumbing system, it could potentially siphon ground water and dirt into your system causing a discoloration that is commonly brown in nature.
  • Wood flooring and or baseboard bowing, buckling, or separating
    • Wood easily absorbs and releases water, and when it does it expands and contracts. Expanding and contracting will cause your flooring and or baseboard to bow, buckle, and potentially separate. When this happens, there is a source of water causing this movement that could stem from a leak.

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