Sometimes life throws homeowners curve balls, especially with your plumbing systems. It may seem like all is good. Then you open your water bill and think, “Whoa, that can’t be right!” There are no visible leaks and you are not using more water than usual. So, what’s the deal?
Some homes have basements, and some have crawl spaces. If you’re like many homeowners in the Lubbock area, your house may be built on a concrete slab foundation. The plumbing system for homes constructed like this are placed within the slab, making them susceptible to what is known as a slab leak.
In simple terms, a slab leak occurs when the pipes within a slab foundation are compromised in some way, causing water to leach out into the concrete. Like any leaking pipe, the size of the leak can vary. When left unattended, slab leaks will worsen over time.
Slab leaks can be caused by either supply line pipes or in your home’s drainage system. Either one can cause significant damage to your home. Leaks on the drainage side of the foundation can be tricky to spot, leaking for ages and showing no external warning signs. Leaks in both water supply pipes and drain lines be caused by a number of circumstances:
Whatever the cause, slab leaks require prompt diagnosis and repairs by a licensed and professional plumber, like those at Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric. If a slab leak is left flowing for too long, your problems will be much greater and potentially more expensive than a high water bill.
Slab leaks often lead to mold problems, which can have serious health implications for those living within the home. Worst case scenario, if left untreated, it can cause your home’s foundation to collapse.
An experienced and well-trained plumber can accurately detect and diagnose slab leaks. Here are a few possible warning signs:
To find where the leak is, you need something called “slab leak detection.” This is like a special way to play detective with your water pipes. Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric has the necessary tools and trained technicians to listen to the pipes and find where the slab leak is located.
There are several ways to repair a slab leak, depending on the exact location and your home’s layout and design. The first step is to contact Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric to schedule a licensed plumber to come to your home and detect the leak. They will guide you to the best way to fix it. Detecting and repairing the slab leak quickly is the utmost priority to avoid further damage to your property. When something’s wrong, better call Armstrong!
The price to repair your home’s slab leak will depend on the location of the leak and the extent of the damage to the pipes. The solution could be a simple repair in one area. If the pipes are old or have many leaks in a larger area, it may be better to replace them entirely. This process is known as re-piping. Basically, all the old pipes are taken out and replaced with new. A re-pipe is more expensive but may be the only way to avoid even greater structural damage down the road.
Detecting and fixing a slab leak costs less than repairing a collapsed concrete foundation.
Slab leaks can cause problems like structural water damage to your home as well as mold growth. It’s important to fix leaks quickly to keep your home safe and your loved ones healthy. Plus, fixing leaks helps save water, which is good for our planet!
When it comes to slab leaks, time is of the essence. The longer you wait, the more extensive and costly the project.
Armstrong’s professional and highly trained plumbers have the knowledge and expertise to repair your slab leak. Armstrong’s 100% satisfaction guarantee makes them the best choice for the job.
If you believe you have a slab leak at your home, contact the expert leak detection team at Armstrong Plumbing, Air & Electric to schedule an appointment today.
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