1. Rising Water Bills
Water bills tell you how much water you consume each month. They should be pretty consistent, unless you water your lawn a lot one month or fill up a pool. However, if you notice that your water bill has spiked without a logical explanation, this may be an indication that you have a leak. If they are really high, you may have a slab leak.
2. Water Meter
Sometimes the easiest way to determine if you have a leak, is to shot everything off. If you suspect a leak, turn off all the plumbing appliances in your home and watch your water meter. If your water meter is still running, it means that you probably have a leak somewhere in your home. If you perform this task and find that the water meter is still running, call a plumber immediately to schedule a video inspection.
The most obvious sign that you have a slab leak is water coming up from under the floor. This can occur in your basement, if you have one. If not, you may notice it happening anywhere on your first floor. Water coming up from under the floor is a sure sign that you have a plumbing leak. It’s probably too late to prevent widespread water damage at this point, but if you wait to get it repaired it is only going to get worse.
How Are the Leaks Repaired?
Unfortunately, this is definitely not a DIY job. Professional plumbers will use sound detection devices, scanners that look for high pressure regions, and Hi-Res Video cameras designed for pipes. Once the plumber has found the source of the leak, s/he will usually need to create a opening to fix the leak. The plumber will discuss the various options for reaching and fixing the leak which range from hydro-tunneling below the slab to creating an opening through the flooring.
If you believe that you have a slab leak, Call Acadian Plumbing Today at (504) 466-7809.