How often do you think about your home or property’s slab foundation or the plumbing?
So how do you know if you have a slab leak?
A slab leak can cause significant damage to your property such as destroying your carpets, floors, walls, etc. so it’s extremely important that you learn the tell-tale signs of a slab leak. Recognizing the signs of a slab leak will help you fix it sooner rather than later which will save you loads of money in the long run.
1. Higher Than Usual Water Bills
If you suddenly notice your water bills are higher than usual and there isn’t anything contributing to that, it may be caused by a slab leak you cannot see.
2. Check Your Water Meter
Turn off all water to your property. Then go look at your water meter. If the meter is still running, you may have a slab leak. It could be a leak elsewhere as well, but you will have to contact a professional to determine where it’s originating from.
3. Low Water Pressure
Suddenly noticing the water pressure in your home or property has dropped could also mean that you could have a slab leak.
4. You Hear Running Water
If you hear running water even when there is no water running, including the water heater, listen closely to your floors. If you hear water running, you probably have a leak.
5. You Smell a Foul Odor
If you have a slab leak, the moisture from the water will begin to grow bacteria, mold, and mildew under your floors or carpet and cause a foul odor.
6. Damaged or Wet Floors
In most cases, a slab leak doesn’t have anywhere to go but up. Therefore, the result will be wet floors when that water breaches your home or property.
7. Pooling Water
When your home develops a slab leak, the water will collect underneath the slab and/or near your foundation. Therefore, if you see signs of pooling water, you probably have a slab leak.
8. Floor Hotspots
If you have some hotspots on your floor, you might have a slab leak. The majority of slab leaks happen in the hot water lines. So as that hot water leaks out it will heat the floor above it.
What to Do If You Think You Might Have a Slab Leak
If you have noticed any of the above tell-tale signs of a slab leak or anything else out of the ordinary, it’s best to contact a reputable Gainesville, FL plumbing company. A licensed plumber will be able to perform a slab leak detection test and properly diagnose any problems.
If you think you have a slab leak or any other plumbing issue, please Contact Us today. J.W. Freeman Plumbing offers free, reliable estimates and will treat your request with all the care and respect it deserves. We look forward to serving you!