A slab leak is a break in a pipe that runs beneath the concrete foundation of your home. When the pipe breaks, water seeps into the ground and your home’s foundation. Slab leaks can occur in either water or sewer lines.
Slab leaks cause costly damage, so early detection is important. To catch this problem at the onset, homeowners with concrete foundations must know what warning signs are indicative of this type of leak.
A typical slab leak can resemble other plumbing problems, making this issue difficult to diagnose. The following symptoms are common of slab leaks:
If the soil on your property is expansive, saturation can cause the soil to heave. When the ground beneath your home moves or shifts, this often causes serious damage to your foundation. Buckling, cracking and other problems may lead to cosmetic and structural damage. If the leak enters your home, your belongings are likely to become damaged or destroyed.
There are many methods for repairing slab leaks, some more invasive than others. Depending on the type of leak and the location, your plumber may choose from one of these techniques:
Contact an experienced and qualified plumber at the first signs of trouble: Plumbers have special, non-invasive equipment that can be used to make a definitive diagnoses. Pressure gauges, electronic amplification equipment, camera inspections and electromagnetic pipeline locators are all examples of the devices used to detect and locate a leak beneath your foundation.
If your home suffers damage, contact your insurance company: Not all homeowners insurance policies will cover this type of damage. However, there are documented cases of homeowners successfully filing claims for damage from slab leaks. Read through your insurance policy carefully, and contact your insurance agent for help.
If you’re concerned that your home in the Pittsburgh area has a slab leak, or that there is a leak elsewhere on your property, contact Terry’s Plumbing for advice and a quote.