How can you identify a slab leak? Can you prevent it? Many customers come to us asking several questions about slab leaks and how much the problem can affect their homes. Because slab leaks can go unnoticed for quite some time, property owners do not realize the extent of the damage at first.
Top 3 Causes of Slab Leaks
Slab leaks occur in pipes or water lines below the home’s foundation. It can take some time to repair or repipe areas where there is a slab leak, and may be an inconvenience to you and your family. However, this is necessary to save yourself from costly heaches later on. If you were to sell your home and slab leak is discovered, that could diminish the property's value.
Here, we examine the main causes of slab leaks:
1. Soil corrosion
Metal pipes buried in the ground can interact with the soil, and break down the pipes. This is what causes the corrosion. This happens to copper pipes frequently, as they can be susceptible to corrosion.
2. Gradual abrasion
Pipes expand and contract as water rushes through. When pipes are installed to concrete, gravel, or any other material that does not give much way to the pipes, it can create “gradual abrasion.” To address this, piping specialists can mount support systems or add insulation to allow more room for the natural expansion and contraction.
3. Excessive pressure
Pipes under homes are put under quite a bit of pressure. Did you know that homes can shift in their foundation through the years? Especially in Los Angeles, where earthquakes happen so frequently. Pipes can crease or even be crushed from the pressure. A small crease can become a crack and then create a hole. These leaks can move soil away from under your home, which can even lead to possible further damage to your property.
When to Call a Professional
If you notice any signs of slab leaks, such as floor damage, high water bills and heating bills, there is a possibility you could have a leak. The only way to know for sure is to speak with our team at Repiping Professionals. We have been helping Southern California since 1948 with professional, prompt, and high-quality repiping and slab leak repair services.
We do not stop working until the job is completely through. Call us at (800) 734-8123 to request your free estimate!