If we ask a sample pool of homeowners what the plumbing issue they’re most likely to encounter might be, we’d expect a good majority of those homeowners to say “a leak.” And they’d be right in guessing so. While a leak may have some serious contenders as far as most likely plumbing problems go—clogged drains, backed up toilets, etc.—they are definitely something that everyone homeowner will encounter sooner or later. Not all leaks fall into the same category, though.
There is one particular type of leak that we want to focus on today, and that is the slab leak. What’s so special about the slab leak? Why has it earned its very own dedicated blog post? The answer is as simple as it is alarming—because slab leaks are a very major concern. Due to their location, a slab leak in Torrance, CA, is very difficult to recognize, detect, and service. Fortunately, our Sunny Plumbers are standing by.
What’s the Big Deal? I’ve Dealt with Leaks Before?
The big deal with a slab leak really comes down to this: location, location, location! While any plumbing leak is certainly something that should be taken seriously and resolved promptly, the fact is that a slab leak is a whole different level of trouble. That’s due largely to the fact that a slab leak is a leak that develops beneath the concrete slab that a home is constructed upon.
Not only does this mean that a slab leak may evade prompt detection by the homeowner, but also that it can be quite difficult to pinpoint the source of the slab leak even when the homeowner suspects that there is a problem. Clearly, you don’t want to hire a plumber that is going to come in with a jackhammer and a chainsaw to locate the leak in a disruptive manner. You don’t have to worry about that with us, though.
We’ll use our leak detection equipment to narrow down the source of the leak before we open up your slab, and that will save you time, money, and some serious stress. However, you still need to know when to reach out to a member of our team to begin with. Here’s what to look out for.
Signs That You May Be Dealing with a Slab Leak
It’s not just about looking for warning signs of a slab leak. There are actually a number of senses that you’re going to want to engage when trying to figure out if you’ve got a potential slab leak on your hands.
- Listen for the sound of running water when you know for certain that there’s none being used in your home. You’re not just imagining it, and it could be a leak beneath the slab.
- Feel for hot spots on the slab. If you’ve got a leak in a hot water line down there, then that heat may be felt through the slab.
- Smell for a mildew odor in the lower floor of your home. Depending upon the size of the leak and how long it’s been active, building materials may be affected.
- Look for a rise in your water costs. If you’re not using more water than usual, but the cost is rising, it may be due to a slab leak.
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