No leak is a good leak. Even a leaky faucet, while unlikely to cause major damage, is an annoyance, and has the possibility of running up your water bill. But some leaks are much more than just annoying; some can put the health and safety of your family at risk.
This is true of slab leaks. A slab leak is when your pipes leak water within or underneath the foundational slab of your home. In some cases, these leaks are minimal, as small as a pinhole. In other cases, they can be massive breaks that unleash a veritable flood of water. Understanding what the top 3 dangers of slab leaks are critical for not just the foundation of your home, but the health of everyone who lives in it.
Signs of Slab Leaks
Because they are hidden away from sight, slab leaks can be difficult to detect. In fact, most homeowners whose homes have a slab leak do not realize it until significant damage has been done. To protect your home and family, always be on the lookout for the following signs of slab leaks:
- Damp carpeting
- Warped floors
- Mildew smell
- Flooding in your yard
- Foundation damage
As soon as you notice any of these signs, call a professional plumber. There is a lot that is at risk with a slab leak. To illustrate this point, we are going to look at the top 3 dangers of slab leaks in your home.
1. Negative Impact on Health
We have nothing without our health. As such, you want to do anything you can to protect your health and the health of your family. But slab leaks can introduce a danger to your health that is silent and often invisible: mold.
Breathing in mold spores for any period of time can cause problems within the respiratory tract. The longer you breath them in, the greater the damage to your body. If you see mold in your home, you should have a plumber check for slab leaks and contact a specialist to have the mold removed.
But as noted above, sometimes the mold is not in a visible location. However, even if you cannot see it, it will still have a negative impact on your health. If you or a family member is experiencing unexplained coughing, wheezing, sudden development or worsening of asthma, or an increase in upper respiratory tract infections, mold is a likely culprit. You should have the possibility investigated by a contractor specializing in mold detection and removal in addition to contacting a plumber.
2. Damage to Your Home
Slab leaks weaken the integrity of the foundation. As this is what your entire home sits on, this is a major problem. Even if your foundation is made from sturdy materials, such as steel and concrete, damage will take place due to the water pressure forcing shifts in the foundation. At first, this will cause cracks, but over time, the foundation will collapse.
If your home was constructed before 1990 or uses soft copper piping in combination with a concrete slab foundation, it is at greater risk for slab leaks. Anyone who owns a home that is at a higher risk for slab leaks should have their pipes inspected at least once a year to catch any leaks before they became a danger to your home and safety.
3. Devastating Financial Impact
If a slab leak is caught early on, it will save you a great deal of money. Minor slab leaks can be repaired for a fairly low cost, but larger leaks can cost up to $5,000 to repair — and that is only covering the detection of the leak and patching of the pipe. More significant repairs, or repairs to the damaged foundation, will be significantly more. In worst case scenarios, the home may be condemned.
Turn to Orange Coast Plumbing
If you notice any signs of a slab leak or your home is at greater risk of slab leaks, turn to us. We offer fast and affordable slab leak detection and repair service, allowing you to keep your family, home, and finances safe. Detection takes about an hour, and repair takes 1-2 days. Give us a call and protect the things that matter most.