Slab Leak Signs

Hydro ExcavationWhat is a Slab Leak?

The term slab leak describes a pipe leak that occurs in a water line running under a concrete slab. This does not mean that it is a huge gapping hole pumping a waterfall of water under and into your house.  A slab leak can be pinhole-sized or much larger. Unfortunately, even a small pinhole slab leak can cause destruction because of the pressure that will build up from the water. A small hole can lead to cracking along the flooring material and slab shifting can lead to even more breaks. Regardless of size, slab leaks need professional repairs done promptly. If you want to protect your home from slab leak damage, you need to be able to detect them early so you can have them repaired quickly. There are a variety of Slab Leak Signs, but there are three areas that are important to watch:

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.

3. Water

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.