Posted on 4/10/2013

Is your water bill much higher than usual? Is your floor wet for no apparent reason? If so, you could have a slab leak, which is a small leak in the water lines below your home’s concrete foundation. To learn more about slab leaks, why they occur, and how to get them fixed, read on.

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Why Slab Leaks Occur

Oftentimes old, worn plumbing causes slab leaks. Other causes include kinked pipes, poor plumbing installation, and a shifting foundation. Sometimes the pipe material itself can cause a slab leak. If the pipes are made of copper, they can corrode and rust when they come in contact with certain types of soil. It is also possible for electric currents to cause pinhole leaks in your home’s metal pipes.

Detecting a Slab Leak

The most common symptoms of a slab leak are a cracked wall or floor, hot spots on the floor, a spike in your water bill, or the sound of running water even when nothing is on. It’s important to call a good plumber if you notice any of these symptoms, because slab leaks need to be tended to as soon as possible so that damage can be reduced.

Eliminating Future Slab Leaks

If you hire a professional plumber to fix your slab leak, he or she can replace the pipes in the most cost-effective way with a spot repair or an in-place pipe epoxy coating. If you are concerned about the slab leak occurring again, or this is the second or third time it has happened, the plumber can also re-pipe or re-route the line.

If you suspect that your home has a slab leak, call the plumbing professionals at Arrow Plumbing of Libertyville at (888) 349-8161. Feel free to give us a call or visit us on the web if you have any questions or would like more information about our quality plumbing services.