Water leaks in the pipes that run through the foundation of your house are called slab leaks. The primary cause of these leaks is the shifting soil that leads to the movement of the underground pipes. If a pipe sustains a crack or a hole somewhere, it can result of serious issues. In some cases it is the water leak that causes the soil underneath your foundation to shift resulting to further injury to the pipes. A slab leak is a serious problem especially in areas where high underground water table it the normal.
Compelling Reasons to Fix a Slab Leak
- It lead to the deterioration of the ground under your house
- It deteriorate of the concrete slab foundation
- It causes cracks in your walls and floors
- The moisture it creates causes mildew, mold and other pathogens
- It can make the entire house shift and settle
Potential Deterioration and Pathogens Arising from Slab Leaks
A water leak can erode the ground under your home, especially if it seeps into the water table. This will trigger a domino effect that includes among others the weakening of the concrete slab or the foundation of your house. The flooring of your home is the first to be affected. Floors will settle and slant on all levels of your house.
Due to the softening of the ground under, your slab foundation may break or crack causing all sort of problems to your walls, doors, windows and even roof. Doors and windows may not close properly. This can also affect upper floors of your house. Worse, you can lose your house if a water leak is allowed to spread and slowly but surely gnaws the foundation.
Mildew and mold thrive in a humid environment. They do not need sunshine to grow and invade your home. Slime mold is harmful to humans. A black or brown slime growth can start on the lowest floor of your house and work its way up the walls as long as it has moisture. A flooded basement gives mold a nice place to start.
Signs of a Slab Leak
A common problem is that you may overlook the change in your foundation as they appear. Your water bill may be going up but you think your usage has only increased. A crack or break in the concrete floor of the basement may be your first indication of a slab leak. Many people may not notice a leak until they see moldy baseboards.
Mildew in the garage or under sinks is a sign of a possible water main or sewer line leak.
Your hot water heater pipe may be cracked or broken. You may experience low water pressure when you turn on your faucet. You may also smell an unusual or a fowl odor if the sewer line is leaking.
How to Fix a Slab Leak
A professional leak detection and repair personnel is needed to fix a slab leak. Pinpoint the leak is the first priority if you cannot find it. Atoz Leak Detection uses an advanced ultrasonic leak detector to find underground pipe leaks within an inch of a broken line. Many leaks can be located and repaired in the same day. It is not necessary to tear up the foundation just to look for the leaking pipe.