4 Signs You May Have A Foundation Slab Leak

Posted on: 9 May 2016

If your home was built on a concrete slab and a plumbing pipe bursts or leaks below the slab, this can lead to major issues for your home and its foundation. The sooner a slab leak can be detected, the more the damages can be minimized. Still, because slab leaks aren't usually obvious until they become serious, there are some "red flags" all homeowners with concrete slab foundations should be aware of.

Inexplicably High Water Bills

If you've been in your home for awhile, you probably have a pretty good idea of what to expect when it comes to your water bills. Therefore, if you suddenly notice that your water bill is significantly higher than it usually is--and for no apparent reason--then you may be dealing with a slab leak. You can check by shutting off the entire water supply to your home and then heading out to look at your water meter. If there's any reading whatsoever while your water supply is shut off, this is likely indicative of a leak.

Sounds of Running Water

Depending on your hearing and the severity of the leak, you may also be able to hear the leak when your home is otherwise quiet. If you notice that you hear sounds of running water, even while there is no water running in your home (no laundry being done, no dish washer running, etc.), this could be a sign of a slab leak. Of course, for smaller leaks, the amount of water running out may not be ample enough to produce much noise.

Sudden Drop in Water Pressure

You have a good idea of what kind of water pressure to expect in your home, especially from your sink faucets and showers. If you suddenly notice that there's been a drop in water pressure--and that pressure drop doesn't resolve itself--then this could be a sign that there's a slab leak that's large enough to affect your home's water pressure.

Flooring Problems

Finally, be on the lookout for damp carpets, smells of mildew, rotting wooden floors, and bubbling linoleum floors. All of these flooring problems are potential signs of a slab leak, especially if you're noticing these kinds of flooring issues on the ground floor of your home. Contact a plumbing company right away to further investigate the problem.

For more tips to spot a leak, reach out to a local underground leak repair company like Fixxer Company today.


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