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The Trouble with Slab Leaks

slab-leakThere are a lot of great plumbers out there, and the ones on our team are some of the very finest in the industry. If you ever hear a plumber tell you that you can somehow completely eliminate the risk of leaks in your system, then you know that you are not talking to a trustworthy individual—and certainly not a member of The Sunny Plumber SoCal’s team. The truth of the matter is that every plumbing system is susceptible to occasional leaks.

Leaks in your plumbing system may develop for a number of reasons. Sure, they could be the result of shoddy workmanship (again, certainly not if you have been working with our team from the start). However, it could also be the result of very old materials degrading, the infiltration of tree roots, or even the shifting of land. There are a lot of reasons leaks may develop, and there are a lot of areas in which they may pop up. The slab leak is one of the worst.

Why Is the Slab Leak Such a Headache?

We are not alarmists around here, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you that slab leaks can do some very serious damage to your property. Now, any leak in your plumbing system may cause property damage, and all leaks should be dealt with as soon as possible. However, it is the titular location of the “slab” leak that makes it such a potentially serious issue.

A slab leak is a leak that strikes beneath the concrete slab upon which a home is constructed. That means that the damage that it causes can directly affect the structural integrity of the home itself, and the land that it sits upon. Of course, this location also means that the leak is hidden from view entirely, and that the homeowner may be unaware of the problem for quite some time.

So, How Will I Know?

Slab leaks may be notoriously sneaky beasts, but that does not mean that there is no way for you to spot them. There are quite a few telltale signs that you may notice. It’s all about learning to recognize these signs so that you can recognize the potential of the leak!

You may hear the sound of running water in your home. Unless you’ve got a little brook running through your property, then you should not hear the sound of running water when there is none in use. You may also notice a spike in your water bills, despite the fact that you are not using any more water than is normal.

Are there water stains on your floor that you cannot explain away? Have you noticed hot spots on the floor, which could indicate a hot water line slab leak? Any such irregularities should be reported to a professional plumber in Long Beach immediately. We can pinpoint the source of the leak without tearing up your concrete slab to go hunting for it, so contact the slab leak detection pros on our team today.

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