When water pipes under your home’s foundation leak, it’s called a slab leak, and it’s a severe problem that can cause significant damage to your home. Detecting a slab leak early is crucial to fixing it and minimizing the damage to your property. Call us today if you suspect you have a foundation leak.
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How Dangerous Are Slab Leaks?
Leaks that occur under the home’s concrete foundation or ‘slab’ represent a serious problem to Alto and Grand Rapids homeowners. Besides the increase in your water bill caused leaks, there are a variety of other issues that can affect your property, such as:
- Ruined floors and waterlogged carpets
- Foul odors caused by mold and mildew buildup
- Weakened structural integrity of the home’s foundation
- Yard damage caused by pooling water
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Signs of a Slab Leak
Early detection of a slab leak is critical to minimizing the damage to your property. Alto and Grand Rapids, MI homeowners should watch for the following symptoms of foundation leaks, and call a professional as soon as possible for repair.
- A sudden spike in water bills - If you get a water bill that’s higher than usual with no explanation, it could be a leak under your home’s foundation.
- Water pooling in the yard - When you have a slab leak, water often pools in the yard. If you notice overly wet portions of the lawn, it could be a slab leak that’s to blame.
- Damp carpet or warped flooring - When water leaks under the foundation, sometimes it has nowhere to go but up, and eventually, it reaches your flooring, which leads to visible damage.
- Mold and mildew buildup - When water leaks into the home, mold, and mildew growth can cause health problems if not handled quickly.
- Reduced water pressure - Water leaking from the pipes means there’s less water available to travel to your faucets when you need it.
- Your water heater is continuously running - If you’ve noticed that your water heater doesn’t stop working, it could be a leak under your home’s foundation.
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How Are Slab Leaks Repaired?
If you’ve detected a slab leak, you’re probably wondering how to fix it. Professional plumbers have a variety of tools and techniques at their disposal to fix these problems, including:
- Pipe Rerouting - If there’s only a small section of pipe that requires replacement, your plumber may opt to lay the new pipe above ground.
- Repiping - The plumber may have to cut into the floor or foundation to install new pipes if there are multiple leaks.
- Pipe Relining - Pipe relining is a trenchless solution in which access holes are drilled at both ends of the pipe. With this technique, a new liner is placed through the broken pipe to seal the leak.