Slab leaks are a serious problem.
They are caused by damage to the foundation of a home. If left unchecked, they can cause extensive damage to the home.
Unfortunately, they can also be tough to discover.
Since water leaks against the slab, or foundation, of a home, the damage isn’t visible from the outside.
It isn’t until the slab leak has been left unchecked and caused damage within the home or in the surrounding yard, that many homeowners are even aware of them.
Knowing the signs of a slab leak can help you detect them faster. Faster water leak detection means the chance to get the leaks fixed before the damage gets any worse.
Here are just a few of the signs of slab leaks that every homeowner should know.
1. Water Damage
Water leaking around the foundation of the home will eventually seep through floors and cause damage inside of the home.
This may include soggy, wet carpets that will smell like mildew and may eventually become discoloured.
If the floor of the home is hardwood, laminate, or vinyl, the water damage will cause bubbles, warping, or buckling between boards.
You may also notice soft spots on the floor of a home before the water damage becomes visible at the surface.
2. Slab Leak Causes a Higher than Usual Water Bill
All of that leaking water comes from somewhere.
If a slab leak is large enough, it will cause your water bill to increase.
If you noticed that your bill seems unusually high one month, and you know that you didn’t use more water than usual, you may have a slab leak.
3. Slab Leak Can Cause Mould
Water soaking into the floors of a home, if left for long enough, will seep up into the walls.
Drywall, in particular, soaks up water very quickly.
As the water seeps into the interior of your walls, it can cause mould. Until it has been growing for some time, though, it won’t be visible on the outside of the walls.
4. Decreased Water Pressure
If the leak in your pipes becomes large enough, it can affect the water pressure in the rest of your home.
If you notice that your showers or sinks don’t seem to have the pressure that they used to have, it may be a good idea to check for slab leaks.
5. Wet Patches in Your Yard
Water leaking from pipes above your foundation won’t only affect the inside of your home. It can also run out of the foundation and into the yard or driveway of your home.
If you notice that you have soggy patches of grass that never seem dry, or wet concrete even when it hasn’t rained, it could be because of a slab leak.
What to do if you think you may have a slab leak
If you suspect that you may have a slab leak in your home or business property in London, Essex or Suffolk, you need professional help. Property Heating Solutions can help.
With 24/7 emergency help, we’ll stop the concrete slab leak before it can cause even more damage to your home.
If you think you have a leak, contact us today!