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How to Tell You Have a Slab Leak—And What to Do About It

Slab leaks are one of the more serious problems you can have with your home’s plumbing. A slab leak is a type of pipe leak that occurs down in the foundation slab of your home. These leaks can add up to a great deal of water waste and eventual damage to your home’s foundation.

But how can you tell you have a slab leak if it’s buried out of sight under your home? That’s the tricky part. It takes professional plumbers to do slab leak detection in Lake Worth, FL and pinpoint the location of the leak so they can repair it. You’ll have to watch for warning signs of the problem so you’ll know when to reach out to experts. 

Below we’ll look at some of the ways you can notice that you may have a slab leak.

1. High water usage

Each time you get your water bill, check to see if the amount of water your household used during the previous months is consistent with other months. You may notice some fluctuations, but the amount should remain consistent. If you see a large increase in usage that you can’t account for, it often means there’s a hidden leak in the house—and a slab leak is a strong possibility. 

2. Unusual behavior from the water heater

Around 80% of slab leaks occur in the hot water lines. Leaks in the hot water lines will often lead to the water heater behaving strangely, such as turning on more frequently when there isn’t a recent demand for hot water. When this starts to occur, you’ll either need plumbers to look into the water heater or check for slab leaks.

3. Warm spots on the floor

Feeling warmth under your feet might be nice on a colder day, but this isn’t something you want to simply happen out of nowhere. This is a warning that there’s water leaking from below the floor, and that probably means a slab leak.

4. Appearance of mold and mildew

Mold and mildew grow in damp environments, and slab leaks create the right damp conditions for both to begin growing in your house. If you detect a moldy odor or find mold and mildew growing in a place where you wouldn’t expect them, you may have a slab leak.

5. Sound of running water

If you can hear water running somewhere in the house even though you don’t have any faucets open or any water-using appliances running, it might mean water leaking from beneath the house. 

You can’t fix a slab leak on your own! You can depend on our plumbers to locate any slab leak using the best precision equipment and methods, and then we’ll take care of the job of repairing it in the least intrusive manner possible. 

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